Prepared and Ready

 

Our HalfpipeCAN team shares how they prepare for the competitive season 

Mercedes Nicoll 

"This winter for me is different than years before. This year I'm spending more time in the gym getting back my strength. Coming back from injury is never easy, overcoming challenges and starting from scratch. Yoga, intervals and weights is where I'm at. Don't forget it's different for everyone, so find what you like and what works for you:) Xoxo"

Trevor Niblett 

"I like to trampoline a lot before starting the season, have all my flips and spins dialled into my brain so when I get back on to snow  everything feels natural"

Calynn Irwin

"I make sure my body is in the best possible shape leading into the season. Strength training and yoga. It's all about putting yourself in the best position you can before you start riding. TIP: Don't skip out on warming up and stretching afterwards, whether riding or hitting the gym both are equally as important as the workout itself."

Derek Livingston

"Make sure you get your board and bindings set up before the season starts and test it out at home. Your new set-up might be different than last years so make sure you get your angles and stance width set correctly. This lets you get right into it the first day back and you won't have to mess around changing your stance every run! Have fun out there!!"

Katie Tsuyuki 

"Keeping my fitness up over the year is one my my priorities, so when it comes to preparing for the snowboard season I like to beef up my visualization, from isolating tricks to riding full runs in contests all over the world. Even if there isn't snow on the ground yet, I'm sliding it in my mind"    

Rapid-Fire Q&A with Up and comer Kiran Pershad


Kiran, for those that don’t know you give us a little background on yourself with five rapid-fire questions;

  1. How old are you? 15
  2. When did you start snowboarding? I started riding when I was 6.

  3. Where can we find you snowboarding most of the time? Mt St Louis Moonstone.
  4. What’s your favorite snowboard trick? Frontside Indy Nose Bone.
  5. Where do you see yourself in 5 years? I would love to be in Halfpipe CAN and competing in International events, and my dream is to represent Canada at the Winter Olympics (working on it :)

 

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You were just at the Toronto snow show what was the highlight for you? Hanging out with the Sanction posse and seeing all of my snowboard frends in their civilian clothes.

 What are you most looking forward to this winter?  Dropping into the pipe again, spring training in Breckenridge, and riding Mt St Louis Moonstone's pipe.


Other than snowboarding what else do you get up to? Skateboarding, Trampoline, playing with technology, learning UNIX, and taking care of my zoo at home : 3 cats, 5 tarantulas, 2 big fish tanks, and a chameleon.

Choose one;

Snowboarding or Skateboarding : Snowboarding

Candy or Icecream : IceCream - do not eat candy ( unless it is chocolate :)

Snapchat or Instagram : Instagram

Halfpipe or Rails : Halfpipe

East or West : East
 

Anything else you’d like to add? 
I learned to snowboard at Earl Bales Park, a tiny ski hill run by the City of Toronto, and I had the most wonderful teachers that inspired me to follow my dream. 
Earl Bales helped me find Snowboard Ontario.  Snowboard Ontario helped me find Simple Snowboarding, and Simple Snowboarding has helped the halfpipe to find me :) 
This is my 5th year with Simple.  Snowboarding has become my whole life, and for me every time I drop into the pipe it is like a dream come true.
 


Thank yous.

Thank you to everyone at Earl Bales Park and the City of Toronto, Sanction, Simple Snowboarding, Snowboard Ontario, Mt St Louis Moonstone, Bill Crothers Secondary School, and Halfpipe CAN

Look out for Kiran on the slopes and in a Halfpipe near you!

Catching up with Mercedes

This month we are getting the 411 on one of our senior riders who has been off snow since Sochi 2014, Mercedes Nicoll. Here is what she has to say about her injuries and how she deals with them.  Interview by Katie Tsuyuki


K: Mercedes,  you sustained a huge injury in 2014 which has kept  you out of training and competition over the last year. What happened? Was it a single injury or multiple ones which caused great concern? 

M: I had a fall at the Sochi Games in practice, not everyone knows this because I did keep riding and fell in the qualifiers as well, but the fall in practice should have taken me out. I ended up suffering from a bone bruise to my right hip, loosing feeling on that side due to nerve damage, a bone bruise of my right orbital bone, and a concussion. At the time I didn't think I was a big deal, but when I got home, to Whistler, my family and friends realized that I was asking the same questions over and over, it became clear to me when I couldn't find my car in a small parking lot that I realized I was in trouble.

Check out the fall here!

K: Everyone, especially sports people like yourself, gets injured and many have a hard time dealing with it. What are you doing physically for your recovery? What are you doing mentally for your recovery?    

M: I have done all that I can to get back on snow, as I said I didn't think it was as bad as it was, always thinking I'll be find a a week, next week, next month, it's a hard process. everything for me was slowed down, I had to learn how to walk and talk again. 
I've worked with some great Doctors,Physiotherapists, Osteopaths, neuropsychologist, councilor, brain optimization clinic, personal trainer, and chiropractor.
I would be no where without my trainer, Matt Fisher, Osteo; Don Griffis, and Chrio, Jeff Almon. I know I can't get back on snow again without being fit. This is a huge concern of mine, as I don't want to have anything like that happen again. Some people think I crazy, but I call it drive, passion and love of sport.

K: A lot of the time people will discover new hobbies or new things about themselves while on the recovery road. Have you had any of these experiences? 

M: I have, some people said to me "oh it's like being on vacation, you get to watch tv read books!" What people don't understand is that you are physically unable to do any of the above. No screen time, no phone, no computer, no TV, no reading, no nothing. Having some time on my hands and unplugging from the world was difficult but mandatory for me, that lead to me picking up my paint brushes again, it had been a while, since high school, it got me through some tough times, art therapy some would say.

This pic will take you to more of my art

K: Who or what has had the greatest impact on your progress? 

M: I think my drive to get better, if I didn't have the ability to stay positive and those around me staying positive I wouldn't be where I am now. I did suffer from depression in the mist of all of this, but staying positive, keeping good people, friends, and family close has kept me going, and believing in myself.

Some of my favourite quotes in Pinterest

K: What is your advice for others who are facing injury? 

M: Once you have an injury you will know that there is nothing that will stop you from getting better, I didn't really understand it when I would see people coming back from knee surgery, I was like, why are they coming back? Now I get it, it's what we do, we are athletes, we have the drive and passion to succeed, keep staying positive and look ahead, not back!

K: What does the future look like for you? On snow? Charity work? More art?

M: All of the above, I will always been on snow in some form or another, I'm looking at getting back to competing this season, only time will tell. Charity work I am so proud to support local foundations, KidSport, The Whistler Blackcomb Foundation, and the Whistler Search and Rescue. As for the art, I know will take more time to unplug and pick up the paintbrush. 
This picture is linked to my website, click to find out more on me

Katie's Experience at the PanAm Games

The Olympics isn’t the only event which brings unification and comradery to foreign peoples. This summer Toronto hosted the PanAm Games where over 30 countries came together to compete. I, Katie Tsuyuki, was able to attend a couple of events in my home city to help celebrate the Games.

Katie Tsuyuki and her Nieces with the PanAm mascot Pachi 

Katie Tsuyuki and her Nieces with the PanAm mascot Pachi 

My brother, David Tsuyuki, was the technical director to the wakeboarding event.  I was able to attend the three event waterskiing and wakeboarding finals. I always find it amusing to see what other athletes are like on contest day. The three event athletes are one of a kind.

They compete in slalom, trick ski and jump. Each event is intense, exciting and drastically different. Canada’s own Whitney McClintock cleaned up in the women’s three event to become the most decorated water-skier in PanAm history with two golds, two silvers, one of the golds was for best overall skiier.  

The men’s wakeboarding event is always entertaining with its spinning and flipping, just like how halfpipe is entertaining. Again it was a Canada taking home the gold with Rusty Malinoski’s stellar run. It was awesome seeing his whole family there to cheer him on.

Rusty Malinoski and his medal ceremony boat style

Rusty Malinoski and his medal ceremony boat style

The next day all Olympians of any Games were invited to a cocktail hour at the Canada House. It was dedicated to bringing together all the Olympic Alumni; I was excited to visit the house as I heard so many great things about it.  

I had the pleasure of meeting Eleanor McKenzie, who was the fastest Canadian woman from 1949 to 1953, winning the 100M and 200M races at all the Canadian championships and she attended the 1952 Helsinki Olympic Games where her relay team placed 7th. It was an honor to hear her stories and see another example of how sport can keep a spirit young and healthy.

Eleanor McKenzie, who was the fastest Canadian woman from 1949 to 1953, winning the 100M and 200M races at all the Canadian championships and she attended the 1952 Helsinki Olympic Games

Eleanor McKenzie, who was the fastest Canadian woman from 1949 to 1953, winning the 100M and 200M races at all the Canadian championships and she attended the 1952 Helsinki Olympic Games

The whole evening was lovely with meeting new contacts and learning about how we can support our summer athletes going into Rio 2016. It’s exciting that another Olympics is just around the corner with a whole slew of new heroes getting ready to entertain the world on the global stage.  

TOP 5s with CALYNN IRWIN: Exploring outside and staying active

TOP 5s with CALYNN IRWIN:

Exploring outside and staying active


1- Running along the Georgian Trail:

This summer I have had the opportunity to spend a lot of time up near

Collingwood. Looking to stay in shape for the snowboard season, the Georgian Trail

has quickly become one of my favorite spots for a good run! It runs from

Collingwood to Meaford, with the full length being 35km. It is a fairly straight and

flat path that goes close to the waters edge. With its many entrances/exits it makes

it easy to hop on and off the trail for lunch or even a swim in Georgian Bay!



2- Mountain Biking in the Don Valley:

Who knew there were so many amazing bike trails right in the heart of

Toronto! With an entrance close to my house, Bayview and Moore, discovering these

trails has been a great way to spend a Saturday afternoon. The range of difficulty of

these trails ranges from easy to difficult so they have a lot to offer to a biker of any

ability! (http://www.trca.on.ca/walkthedon/) After a bike ride I would suggest

checking out the Brickworks (http://www.evergreen.ca/get-involved/evergreen-

brick-works/) and grabbing lunch or a coffee at Café Belong

(http://www.cafebelong.ca).


3- Tennis:

Might not sound like something that has anything to do with snowboarding

but I have found tennis to be good cross training for a lot of sports. Hitting a tennis

ball properly requires you to get into the right position with the combination of

timing your swing with the ball properly. The motion of swinging a tennis racquet

down to the basics is very similar to spinning on a snowboard, it requires to engage

your core. Timing is everything just like when you are throwing a spin in the

halfpipe! Toronto has tons of public courts around that are available for anyone to

use. Here is a list of all tennis courts public and club owned.


4- Exploring the new Pan Am path:

The Pan Am games have been an exciting time for Toronto! It is great to have

all these new venues for our summer athletes to train at. They  have also put faces to

our many Canadian athletes that will now be going on with the hopes to make the

2016 Olympics in Rio.  Toronto has developed some new amazing paths that go all

around Toronto for the Pan Am games. The path I have particularly enjoyed is the

one that goes all along the lakeshore. It has opened the whole area by the waterfront

to more activity and it is amazing to see the amount of people that have started

using it.


5- Workouts outside:

You don’t need to be inside a gym to get a good workout in! All you need is a

park and a mat (if you don’t want to be on the ground). Combining sprints with

exercises that require no equipment is a great way to get an outdoor workout.

Exercises to include could be: squats (add a jump), lunges (crossover, forward or

backward), plank (side and front), bicycle abs, and candlesticks. Anything you don’t

need a machine or, if you can modify it to be without one can be done outdoors. It’s a

great way to get outside and stay in shape! I have also found a bunch of outdoor

workout classes that you can join for drop INS or buy a package of classes.

Follow Calynn

  • Facebook: calynnirwin
  • Twitter: @calynnMIrwin
  • Instagram: caleventures

 

This Torch is on Fire: 5 Things To Know About The Pan Am Torch Relay

The 5 cool things to know about the Pan Am torch’s 41-day relay throughout Ontario and various cities in Canada.

1.)    Lite the Flame and Pass it On

The Pan Am flame represents the spirit and history of the Games which is deeply rooted in tradition. It symbolizes the unification of the 41 Pan American Sports Organization (PASO) nations.

While the Olympic Flame is traditionally lit at Ancient Olympia, the Pan American version has been lit by Aztec people in ancient temples, first at the Cerro de la Estrella in Mexico City and in more recent years at the 65-metre high Pyramid of the Sun, the third largest pyramid in the world.

The flame was lit in Teotihuacan, Mexico by International Olympic Committee member Vasquez Raña. He then passed it to Toronto 2015 chairman David Petterson and then on to Jesus Omar Diaz Pastrán who became the first athlete carrier.  After it was flown to Canada to start its journey to our host city of Toronto.

2.)    The Specs

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The torch its self was designed to display the energy and playfulness of the Toronto 2015 campaign. There are colourful “United we Play!” pictograms surrounding the torch signifying people in motion. It all symbolizes athletes coming together though the celebration of sport and culture.

  •  Length: 65 cm
  • Weight: 1.2 kg
  • Material: aluminum
  • 10 to 12 minutes’ burn time
  • Can withstand winds up to 70 km/h
  • Visible in all weather conditions
  • Can accommodate a variety of modes of transportation

3.)    3,000+ Torchbearers and more than 130 Communities

During the relay the torch will pass through over 3,000 torchbearers’ hands and through more than 130 communities.

The bearers are chosen though both public and private processes. Meaning, some are chosen by the local communities and some by the Game’s sponsors and stakeholders.

Our rider and board member Derek Livingston was one of these privileged bearers and ran the torch through his local community of Aurora, Ontario.

Derek shares this honor with other athletes and famous Canadians such as world figure skating champion Patrick Chan, two-time Olympic champion freestyle skier Alexandre Bilodeau, two-time Olympic triathlon medallist Simon Whitfield and retired Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield

4.)    Over 20,000Kms

The torch will travel over 20,000Kms via road, air and water. It will not only be ran and flown, but also travel with over sixty alternative means of transportation ranging from kayaks to bikes. The Pan Am flame will also travel to Richmond, BC, Calgary, AB, Winnipeg, MB, Gatineau, QC, Montreal, QC, and Halifax. NS.

5.)    #CelebrateAndShare

Get into the Pan Am social media hashtag to keep up with recent events on the flame’s travel throughout Canada and your local community or follow @TO2015torch on twitter. The #CelebrateAndShare hashtag is also the general tag for the Games, so you can use it to find out the latest on the athletes and events through social media outlets like Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.   


 

Welcome Trevor Niblett: An Interview with the Rookie

Trevor Niblett, he may be new to the team but he's not new to the halfpipe scene in Canada, he's second on the Canadian Rankings List. We were happy to catch our newest edition for an interview, just so you can get to know our Rookie Rider! 

What is your name? Trevor George Niblett 

Any nicknames? T-Nibbs or Nibbles 

Where do you live? Toronto, Ontario...kinda mid-town 

What resorts did you grow up riding? Georgian Peaks and Mount St. Louis Moonstone

When did you start snowboarding? When I was 8 years old  

Why did you start snowboarding? My father showed me some snowboarding videos and I thought it was the coolest thing ever!

What is your favorite trick? Straight air....Well backside air (that's with a method)  

Where is your favorite place to ride in Canada? Hmmmm....Whistler

Who was the first halfpipe rider you remember who you looked up to? Maybe Kevin Perice but probably Terje Haakonsen

Why did you choose halfpipe as a discipline? Because it feels like hitting 5 big jumps in a row

What are you goals for snowboarding? Getting as good as I possibly could get, going to the 2018 Olympics and making it to an X Games 

What are you looking forward to in this coming season? Riding with my friends and pushing ourselves 

How do you hope to contribute to the sport of halfpipe? Ummm...I don't know...maybe I will invent my own trick someday

Do you have advice for any riders who are trying to get onto the team? Go as high as you can! 

Trevor's Recent Results 

3rd - Eastern Canadian Regionals, 3rd - Sony Snow Crown, 5th - US Open Trials 

Follow Trevor on Instagram @trevorniblett

World Championships in Kreishberg, Austria

The lives of athletes are always a challenge, especially when things don’t go to plan like last week’s contest at the World Championships in Kreishberg. Although it wasn’t the best results the team has had in the past or start of the season it was not for a lack to effort.


The team had two days of training before the contest. One of them was a night time practice under the bright lights of the Kreishberg halfpipe and the next morning. Coach Ben Boyd of Shred Excel watched over the team as they trained in what some felt an undervert halfpipe, meaning the walls stood at 98 degrees or less.

Qualifiers turned out to be a bluebird morning with the ladies having one heat of twenty three riders. Katie Tsuyuki ended up placing the best with 15th place, followed by Calynn Irwin (17th) and Alex Duckworth (19th).

The men’s heats were much later with a three hour break in between so boardercross finals could be televised.

Qualifying under the night lights Derek Livingston was our best male Canadain placing 25th and was followed by Brad Martin, 33rd.

The riders have a break from World Cups for now, but Calynn will travel to Laax to get onto the alternate list for the invite only European Open. We wish her the best of luck.     

RIDE ON with Halfpipe CAN

December was the first month we held our RIDE ON clinics in Ontario. We put on two types of clinics. The first type was where the public was able to ride with our Olympians and the second was with Ontario’s recognized halfpipe athletes. The Olympians who were coaching were Derek Livingston, Calynn Irwin, Brad Martin and Katie Tsuyuki. These public clinics were the second phase of our fundraising for to pay for our national team fee. 

The first public camp was held at Mt. St Louis Moonstone, outside Barrie, and we had one attendee, Jade. She was lucky to have the attention of Derek, Calynn and Brad all to herself. They shredded the only halfpipe that was open in Southern Ontario and an amazingly designed park. Jade was really excited to meet our Olympians and have them to herself for the whole day.

The second public camp took place at Alpine Ski Club in Collingwood where we had a little better turn out. Over the two sessions we held around ten kids participated. Derek, Calynn, Brad and Katie were coaching for this round. Although Alpine’s halfpipe wasn’t built yet, our coaches rode rails with the two groups who were between the ages of six and seventeen. For some of the participants it was their first time riding rails and for all of them it was their first time riding with Olympians. Everyone had fun, especially our coaches who were stoked to spend lunch signing autographs and handing out free swag.

Derek, Calynn, Brad and Katie also donated their time to ride with Ontario’s recognized halfpipe athletes at Mt. St. Louis Moonstone in their 15ft halfpipe. The halfpipe CAN crew enjoyed connecting with these athletes and helped them boost their progression for the start of the season. The athlete’s learned everything from new spins to new hand plants to adding more air time. At the end of the riding session our Olympias were open to the athlete’s questions about training, juggling sport and education, how they got on the national team and their Sochi experiences. We feel the Ontario athletes gained a lot with this session and our crew felt good to lend a hand to the next generation. It was our chance to pay it forward.

A huge thank you to our clinic sponsors Sony, Rip Zone, Smith, KUU, Powderroom, Scott, Vans, Sims, Snowboard Ontario, Canada Snowboard and Summer Fresh Foods. Another thank you to the riders who came to ride with us and their parents who showed us amazing support.      

Although Halfpipe CAN fell short of their monetary goal for the season, we really gained in spreading the love of our sport and helping others better their game in the up, down, side to side world we call the halfpipe. 

SEE ALL THE PHOTOS AND VIDEO HERE 

DEW TOUR: Breckenridge, Colorado

This past week three of our riders were able to ride the DEW halfpipe. Derek Livingston had a secure spot in the Semi Finals leaving Katie Tsuyuki and Calynn Irwin with Alternate spots. The pipe was pretty close to perfect all week which made for a good week of progression for most of the riders. Highlight of the week for us was Derek landing his first cab double cork not only in practice but in the contest as well. Unfortunately washing out at the end of his run Derek was not able to move on to the next round. With one girl dropping out it gave Katie the opportunity to ride in the contest where she ended up 14th just missing out on last chance qualifiers. 

Check out these photos from the event!


Derek Livingston going MASSIVE on a front9 during semi finals Photo: Calynn Irwin

Derek Livingston going MASSIVE on a front9 during semi finals Photo: Calynn Irwin

Calynn Irwin doing a method Photo:Jan Schuster

Calynn Irwin doing a method Photo:Jan Schuster

Katie with Dew Tour winner Kelly Clark during the semi finals

Katie with Dew Tour winner Kelly Clark during the semi finals

Saturday Dew Tour Finals

Saturday Dew Tour Finals

That's a wrap for Dew Tour! Huge congrats to the mens and women's podiums! Taylor Gold (1st), Yiwei Zhang (2nd), Scotty James (3rd). Kelly Clark (1st), Chloe Kim (2nd), Arielle Gold (3rd).

That's all for now folks!

First World Cup: Copper Mountain Grand Prix

View of halfpipe from the bottom

Oh World Cups in America. What is there to be said? These contests are always the hardest of the season. Not only is it a country with the deepest talent pool in the world, but as the hosting national they are granted the most quota spots, making a small army of capable pipe riders. Throw in all the Olympians from the other nations and it’s almost just as competitive as the Olympic Games.

There were also some new rules for this contest. With no semi-finals, the contest only took the top 6 women into finals. For the men, only the top 5 from each heat, to make up 10, get to see the big show.

 Still, our Halfpipe CAN team did well considering these odds.

The day started off with Calynn Irwin, Katie Tsuyuki and 22 other ladies who benefited by the fresh pipe, slightly above freezing temperatures and what was going to be the only light of the day. Both athletes put down a decent run. Calynn’s best run consisted of airs of good amplitude, frontside 540, backside 540, frontside 720 to switch air combo at the bottom, she placed 17th. Katie’s best run provided variety starting with a backside ollyoop, backside 540, sato flip, backside air, frontside 720, cab 360 to a frontside air to fakie. Katie was the top female Canadian placing 12th.

 

Next was the first heat of men where Derek Livingston was representing our Halfpipe CAN team.  With a cab 1080, frontside 900, backside, 900, frontside 720, cab 900, Derek landed a killer run. He just missed making the top five by a point.  Derek was the top male Canadian placing 12th .

Derek Livingston getting coached by Shred Excel's Ben Boyd

Derek Livingston getting coached by Shred Excel's Ben Boyd

The day got darker and pipe was icy with falling temperatures, still the second heat was on for the 21 competitors. This heat had Halfpipe CAN rider Brad Martin and fellow Canadian rider Trevor Nibblet. Brad laid it all out on the line on his second run throwing his high risk double, but the wintry wall got the best of him and he slipped out. Trevor had a similar ending to his run on his frontside 1080.

Brad Martin sending it in the dark 

Brad Martin sending it in the dark 

A huge thanks to the coaches at Shred Excel, Ben Boyd and Elijah and Abe Teeter, who really supported all of our Canadian riders throughout training and the contest. These guys are choice.

Halfpipe CAN athlete's during Men's second heat after Brad's first run Photo:Edith Kongas

Halfpipe CAN athlete's during Men's second heat after Brad's first run Photo:Edith Kongas

Finals for today are chalk full of Americans in both the men’s (7/10) and ladies’ (4/6) fields. Let’s not forget about Japan's Olympic bronze medalist Taku Hiraoka and, who is known to be the Chinese Shawn White, Yiwei Zhang. It should be a great final which you can watch live on mountain or on NBC December 21 at 3PM EST.  

This contest we were missing team riders Mercedes Nicoll due to an injury and Alex Duckworth who had other engagements to attend to.

Next up is the Rev Tour on December 16th. Derek, Calynn and Alex will be competing in this contest where we are all sending them positive vibes! 

More Than Pipe Jocks

Snowboarding may be our identity but it’s not what we are all about. The Halfpipe CAN team are full of secret talents that I am sure you never even thought of. This month’s Blog is about all of the things we do off the snow

The Artist - Mercedes

We all know that freestyle snowboarding is about expressing self, but not all of us freestylers are able to translate this using a canvas and paint. Mercedes shows us with her recent pieces that it’s not just her backside 540 that makes beautiful artful swirls.

 

The Green Thumb - Brad

Brad Martin started this summer getting married and he is really enjoying the domestic life. When he is not buying new appliances and trying to figure out how to work them, he is in his garden tending to his veggies. It turns out Brad has the touch when it comes to growing in the garden.

 

 

The Roller Gang - Calynn and Alex

If you were born in the 80s then you probably owned a pair of rollerblades, some of us lost ours in the sea of being a teenager, Calynn and Alex kept theirs and are bringing them back in action. If they are rolling near you will know it by either their giggle from delight or the sound of one foot dragging in a “t” position as a breaking mechanism. These two are internationally known for cruising around on their inline skates, apparently on land and sea.  

 

8 Seconds - Derek 

Derek, the young buck on the team, has taken to a new bar in Toronto called the Rock’n’Horse. It’s not the frothy ales and country atmosphere that brings in Derek but his mechanical foe, the Bull. I guess getting bucked around on the bull is really cross training for when the bottom of the pipe looks like Sochi again!

 

The Administrator - Katie 

As for me, although I normally pack in a load of wakesurfing, public speaking and helping at the family business in my fall time, this year I find myself at a computer. I never saw myself as an administrator, as a child I was always told how unorganized I was, but now I am doing my best to keep the team on track with our fundraising efforts and Halfpipe CAN in general. I have gained more skills as a webmaster, marketing and communication manager and visionary this fall than ever in my life. But the Olympics isn't my only dream, what we are doing now as a team will make a difference for the sport and athletes in the future, this is our legacy we will leave for Canadian snowboarding. 

Success at the Fall Classic Fundraiser

With a short time to prepare the team came together to host the first annual Fall Classic golf tournament fundraiser. We hoped to take a chunk of the $30,000 national team fee we owe Canada Snowboard, that’s $5000/athlete; we set a date and went to work.

The team called in many favors and the sponsors started to line up. We were happy to see players start signing up too.

The day of the event was crisp and very fall like, but everyone who come was in good spirits and ready to play.

Station Creek Golf Course 


There was Sony on a hole taking pictures of the teams, hit the snowboard contest, beat the pro, a putting contest and Summer Fresh on a hole feeding the golf crew snacks.

Thanks to our hole sponsors Summer Fresh, G&G Electronics, 365 Sports, Shreducation, Escarpment Pool Services, Be Coconut Water and the NZ Foundation. 

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 We are happy to say that the numbers are finally in and we made $20,000 of the $30,000 goal!! Thanks to all the players and a congratulations to all our winners! 

1ST PLACE TEAM

1ST PLACE TEAM

3RD PLACE TEAM

3RD PLACE TEAM

Thanks everyone and we will see you next year!

The HALFPIPE CAN Team

2ND PLACE TEAM

2ND PLACE TEAM

50/50 DRAW WINNER

50/50 DRAW WINNER