Picture: Derek Trussler
A budding younger Vernon skier and potential future Olympian has been chosen to the BC Alpine Improvement Crew.
Oliver Younger is the No. 1 ranked B.C. slalom racer beneath 19 years outdated.
Younger has been racing for seven years and is one in all 5 male athletes chosen to the event group.
This permits him to coach yr spherical, and a Make a Champ marketing campaign has been launched to assist him on his method and assist cowl tools and different prices.
Younger beforehand raced with the Parkland Racers Ski Membership and Edmonton Ski Membership, and joined the Vernon Ski Membership after his household moved to B.C.
Throughout his first season in Vernon, he was named total membership champion at simply 13 years outdated – and held onto the title for 2 extra years.
In his second season right here, he positioned in third in large slalom on the BC Winter Video games.
In his final yr with VSC, he certified for the U16 Nationwide Championships, however the occasion was lower quick because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
He presently skis with the Okanagan Ski Crew on the FIS (Fédération Internationale de Ski) stage.
This previous winter, Younger positioned third in U19 slalom and was the quickest U18 racer on the FIS Senior Nationwide Championships in Ontario.
“I am very excited to return to the nationwide championships subsequent yr, the place I hope to be on the high of the rostrum,” he says.
With the BC Improvement Crew, he’s coaching in Whistler, Chile, and Europe all through the summer season and fall.
“The aim of the group is to develop athletes to the Canadian nationwide group, and I’m thrilled to have this chance.
“My aim for the previous 5 years has been to qualify for the BC Crew, and now that I’m there, I can set my targets greater – to in the end make the Canadian Alpine Ski Crew, to race on the World Cup Tour and moreover, characterize Canada on the Olympics.”
As of Monday, the marketing campaign had raised $7,100 towards a aim of $20,000.