A Lakeland alpine skier maneuvers around the slopes at the 2014 Saskatchewan Winters Games at Wapiti Valley. Lakeland's Emma Young and Hannah Thoms took home bronze medals in their respective slalom events on Wednesday. Submitted photo
Lakeland’s alpine skiers take home more than just medals from Wapiti
The Lakeland alpine skiing team took home a pair of bronze medals this week, but more importantly, they learned some valuable lessons in sport.
Lakeland coach Robin Finlayson said his team, made up of skiers from the Prince Albert Ski Club, learned the value of hard work.
“At times kids can lose focus on why they’re training until they hit a big event like the Winter Games,” Finlayson said. “It really pushes home the importance of training and how their commitment, dedication and sacrifice to the sport pays off.”
Lakeland’s Emma Young and Hannah Thoms took home bronze medals in their respective slalom events on Wednesday at Wapiti Valley where conditions were “phenomenal,” Finlayson said.
“We hit the only warm snap of the winter,” he explained. “Everybody was having a ball, it couldn’t have been any better.”
Young and Thoms were just two of a dozen Prince Albert skiers who represented Lakeland at the games. Young competing in the U12 division, while Thoms U16.
“We were really excited to have them medal for the club, they are very strong skiers so we knew they would do well,” Finlayson said of the medal winners. “Our other skiers performed excellent.”
Some other notable Lakeland results in the event’s second day were those of Caleb Isbister and Jake Diehl who placed fourth in their slalom events.
There will be no rest for the weary however, as the club gets right back to training on Saturday to prepare for the Sask Cup Finals on March 14-16 at Mission Ridge.
Adding that his skiers spend three to four days a week on the slopes training, Finlay said the dedication of his team is unmatched.
“I’m really proud of the work and effort the kids put in,” he said. “They put in a lot of time and effort for the few seconds of performance.”
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McDougall strikes gold again while Winter Games snowboarding event leaves a legacy
Following up on a gold medal performance on Thursday in the snowboarding slope style event, Lakeland’s Reese McDougall was at it again, taking another gold in day two of the event.
McDougall posted the first 90 score in the event’s brief history en route to the gold as Lakeland prepares for the big air event on Saturday.
Lakeland coach Adam Balon said he expects the medals to continue to pour in.
“We’ve had a great week so far,” Balon said. “We had an amazing day yesterday with two golds and two silvers, our team looks really strong.”
As the Lakeland snowboarding team continues to rack up the medal count, the event itself is leaving an impression on the sport’s scene in Prince Albert.
Balon said he hopes the improvements to the snowboard park at Little Red River Park, made possible by Winter Games funding, will leave a lasting impact on the sports development in the province.
“Snowboarding has come a long way, it’s nice to see the level of spirit and public interest,” Balon said. “By creating better features, better facilities for these riders, we are giving them a chance to achieve their goals.”
Snowboarding trudges on with the big air event on Saturday with preliminary runs starting at 9:45 a.m.
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Potts wins gold in biathlon while female hockey wraps up pool play
Lakeland took home a pair of medals in the mass start biathlon event on Friday.
In the junior male division, Ryan Potts won gold posting a time of 0:16:09 while Justin Bracken took the silver with a time of 0:18:16 in the juvenile category.
Bracken, who won a silver medal in the sprint event on Thursday in his first-ever biathlon race, brought Lakeland’s medal count in the sport up to three as the team prepares for the team relay competition on Saturday at the Prince Albert Golf and Curling Club
The Lakeland girl’s hockey team wrapped up pool play winless following a 6-2 loss to Saskatoon on Friday at the Dave G. Steuart Arena.
Lakeland posted a record of 0-3 in the preliminary round as they were outscored 7-16. They will play for seventh place on Saturday at 9 a.m. at the Steauart Arena.
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2014 Saskatchewan Winter Games schedule for Saturday Feb. 22
Badminton at Carlton Comprehensive High School
9:00 2nd Pool A vs. 2nd Pool B
9:00 1st Pool A vs. 1st Pool B
12:00 Medal Presentations/Closing Ceremonies
Biathlon at Prince Albert Golf and Country Club
10:00 Relay Girls
11:00 Relay Boys
12:00 Medal Presentations/Closing Ceremonies
Curling at Prince Albert Golf and Curling Club
12:00 Playoff finals
14:00 Medal ceremonies
Gymnastics at Prince Albert Aerials Gymnastics Club
9:00 Event Finals - All Disciplines
12:30 Event Final Awards
Female Hockey at Dave G. Steuart and Kinsmen Arenas
9:00 Game #13 A4 vs B4 D final 7th/8th Dave G. Steuart
9:00 Game #14 A2 vs B2 Bronze/4th Kinsmen Arena
11:30 Game #15 A3 vs B3 5th/6th Dave G. Steuart
11:30 Game #16 A1 vs B1 Gold/Silver Kinsmen Arena
14:00 Medal presentations Kinsmen Arena
Snowboarding at Little Red River Park
9:45 Preliminary Runs - All Competitors
11:00 11-13 Boys&Girls Finals
11:30 14-16 Boys&Girls Finals
12:00 Medals Presentation
Table Tennis at the Alfred Jenkins Field House
8:30 Junior & Cadet Boy and Girl Singles Medal Round
13:00 Medal Presentation
Wrestling at Carlton Comprehensive High School
9:00 (7th/8th Place) 4th Pool A vs 4th Pool B
9:00 (5th/6th Place) 3rd Pool A vs 3rd Pool B
10:30 (1) 1st Pool A vs 2nd Pool B
10:30 (2) 2nd Pool A vs 1st Pool B
12:00 (3rd/4th) Loser 1 vs Loser 2
12:00 (1st/2nd) Winner 1 vs Winner 2
14:00 Medal Presentations
4 p.m. Closing Ceremonies at the Art Hauser Centre