Young Vernon skier chosen for BC development team eyes Team Canada – Vernon News

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A budding young skier from Vernon and potential future Olympian has been selected to the BC Alpine Development Team.

Oliver Young is the No. 1 ranked under-19 slalom racer in British Columbia.

Young has been racing for seven years and is one of five male athletes selected to the development team.

This allows him to train all year round, and a Run a Champ campaign was started to help him on his way and help him with equipment and other costs.

Young previously raced with the Parkland Racers Ski Club and the Edmonton Ski Club, and joined the Vernon Ski Club after his family moved to British Columbia.

In his first season at Vernon, he was named club champion aged just 13 – and retained the title for two years.

In his second season here, he placed third in giant slalom at the BC Winter Games.

In his final year with VSC, he qualified for the U16 Nationals, but the event was cut short due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

He is currently skiing with the Okanagan Ski Team at the FIS (International Ski Federation) level.

Last winter, Young placed third in U19 slalom and was the fastest U18 runner at the FIS Senior Nationals in Ontario.

“I’m very excited to be back at the nationals next year, where I hope to be on the top step of the podium,” he said.

With the BC Development Team, he trains in Whistler, Chile and Europe throughout the summer and fall.

“The goal of the team is to develop athletes for the Canadian national team, and I’m thrilled to have this opportunity.

“My goal for the past five years has been to qualify for Team BC, and now that I’m there, I can set my goals higher – to finally make the Canadian Alpine Ski Team, participate in the World Cup and more, represent Canada at the Olympics.”

As of Monday, the campaign had raised $7,100 towards a goal of $20,000.

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