Snowboarders champs for third year

With Burns Lake a flat 150 kms from the nearest ski hill, you wouldn’t expect the local high school team be a dominate presence.

Lakes District Secondary School girls and boys combined snowboarding champions in Smithers B.C. on March 6

Lakes District Secondary School girls and boys combined snowboarding champions in Smithers B.C. on March 6

Patti and Pat Dube, Lakes District Secondary School (LDSS) teachers and snowboard/ski team coaches, are doing something right with the LDSS snowboard and ski teams. If Burns Lake were a ski hill town, you might expect that more than a couple of students would do well at the B.C. School Sports Ski and Snowboard Provincial Championships.

With Burns Lake a flat 150 kms from the nearest ski hill, you wouldn’t expect the local high school team be a dominate presence among 180 racers from 24 schools across the province.

But that’s exactly what happened in Smithers last week during the provincial snowboard and ski championships held March 4 − 6, 2013 on the Hudson Bay Mountain Ski Resort.

For the third year in a row, the LDSS snowboard team is the Combined Provincial Champions in boys and girls snowboarding. Individual performances were very strong as well.

The provincial championships were hosted by LDSS in conjunction with the Hudson Bay Mountain Resort and the Smithers Ski Club.

Patti Dube chalks the success up to a hard-working team of competitive and talented athletes. The LDSS team starts out with 50 students during tryouts and only half make the cut. That makes a spot on the team highly coveted from the start.

Results: Combined Boys/Girls Snowboarding Champions and Girls Snowboarding Provincial Champions.

Boys Skiers second overall and Boys Snowboarders third overall.

Girls Snowboarding individual standings: Elise Dube first (snowboarding and boarder-cross), Mikalya Fairley sixth, Breana Blackwell seventh.

Boys Snowboarding standings: Andre Dube first (boys GS and overall), Jacob Watson eighth.

Boys Skiing:

James Goudreau, fifth (Ski-cross).