For Castlegar’s Isaac Lunn, going to the BC Winter Games means having a chance to compete against the best skiers in the province.
Lunn qualified for the Kootenay zone team earlier this month by finishing fourth at a competition in Kimberley and seventh at Panorama in Invermere.
“I got an email from my coach (Phil Patterson) saying I had made the team,” said Lunn. “I was pretty excited. This will be my first time.”
The BC Winter Games are Feb. 23-25 in Vernon. The ski events will take place at Silver Star Mountain.
“It’ll be fun to ski at a new hill,” he said. “I’m excited. I like seeing people I don’t get to see that much.”
Lunn, who is 13, has been ski racing since he was six years-old and trains with the Red Mountain Racers out of Rossland.
“I train most weekends in the winter,” he said.
Last March, Lunn got a taste of provincial competition when he attended Ski Provincials at Mount Washington on Vancouver Island.
“I didn’t do that great,” he admitted. “I was about middle of the pack.”
Lunn will be competing in Slalom, Giant Slalom, and Skier-Cross. Slalom features more turns, while Giant Slalom has fewer turns and is much faster. Skier-Cross features four skiers going down the hill at the same time.
“I’m hoping for top ten finishes in all my races,” said a determined Lunn.
Isaac’s mother, Vanessa, thinks the BC Winter Games experience will be great for her son.
“There aren’t a lot of skiers from Castlegar that compete,” she said. “It’s such a neat winter sport that kids can do. It’s a good family sport – as a family were out there skiing together and getting good exercise.”