Canadian Para-Alpine Ski Team brings the heat at 2020 Canadian National Champs

Canadian Para-Alpine Ski Team brings the heat at 2020 Canadian National Champs

Photo Caption Jenny Graburn

Calgary, AB (February 18, 2020) – The 2020 Canadian Para-Alpine National Championships were awarded last week at Kimberley Alpine Resort in Kimberley, BC. The Canadian Para-Alpine Ski Team (CPAST) stood on the podium eight separate times in two day of competition. Mac Marcoux (Sault Ste Marie, ON) with Guide Tristan Rodgers (Ottawa, ON), Alexis Guimond (Gatineau, QC) and Kurt Oatway (Calgary, AB) each defended their title from 2019. With Marcoux/Rodgers and Guimond winning both the downhill and super G. 

Marcoux and Guide Rodgers have seen enormous success this season but for Mac to defend his national championship with a new guide is exciting. Marcoux knows the future of para-alpine is bright in this country.  “It’s always a lot of fun racing on home soil especially in Kimberly with so many great volunteers and such an awesome race crew. Super exciting to see some of the younger athletes making them way into some bigger races and just getting the chance to get to know them over the week.” said Marcoux. 

For defending champion Guimond the victory was extra sweet, “Being national champ for me means a lot. As a kid I always strived to be in that position and for many years I’ve defended the title in the standing category, especially in speed. The races went well. I’m happy with the consistency in my approach, especially in the downhill. I was technically very ready for the events.”

Team veteran Oatway also defended his title again this year in super G in the Men’s Seated Category. The win gave him confidence, knowing that the work he was putting in off the hill was working, “I've been National Champ a few times over the years. This year I've been in the gym training hard and pushing myself on hill in order to get faster and it is paying off. It feels good to get the title back again it will push me to my limit for the rest of the World Cup season.”

The races were a success for the whole team as next gen athletes Sarah Gillies (Orangeville, ON) and Brian Rowland (Merrickville, ON) found themselves in 3rd in the downhill.  While Mel Pemble (Victoria, BC) came in 3rd in the super G.

Team Results 

February 11, 2020: Downhill 
Women’s Standing Category 
3rd  Sarah Gillies 
4th Mel Pemble 

Men’s Visually Impaired Category  
1st Mac Marcoux (Guide: Tristan Rodgers) 

Men’s Standing Category 
1st Alexis Guimond 

Men’s Seated Category 
3rd Brian Rowland
DNF Kurt Oatway

February 12, 2020: Super G
Women’s Standing Category 
3rd  Mel Pemble 
4th Sarah Gillies

Men’s Visually Impaired Category  
1st Mac Marcoux (Guide: Tristan Rodgers) 

 Men’s Standing Category 
1st Alexis Guimond 
 
Men’s Seated Category 
1st Kurt Oatway
7th Brian Rowland

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whunter@alpinecanada.org I 403-471-6032 

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