BC Reaches the Top at Canadian Masters Championships - BC Alpine Ski Association

National titles were on the line in Sun Peaks April 11-14 as 100 Masters athletes from BC, Alberta, Ontario, and the USA competed in super-G, giant slalom and slalom races for male and female athletes born before 1983.

In addition to the individual awards in 13 age categories ranging from 19+ to 80+, the coveted Dave Murray National Masters Cup is awarded annually to the provincial team which scored the most points from participants who finished in the top 5 spots in each of the age categories. Team BC was comprised of 38 athletes; more than last year, but it lacked in women and men in the younger age classes.

Team BC captured the National Championships, even though many top athletes were missing, winning total of 54 medals; 23 of which were gold.

With so many BC participants scoring at least one point towards the competitive provincial team challenge, Team BC wrestled the Dave Murray National Masters Cup away from Team Ontario with a score of 2,100 points against 1,920 points. Team Alberta came third with 1,650 points.

2002 Canadian Masters Alpine Champions
Combined SG/GS/SL)

Rolf Hauge 80+ (Midland, ON)
Gar Robinson 75-79 (North Vancouver, BC)
Doug Deeks 70-74 (Whistler, BC)
Grace Oaks 65-69 (Whistler, BC), Alfred Zeilberger (North Vancouver, BC)
60-64 Corneil Therrien (USA), Chris Jaegli (Kelowna, BC)
55-59 Denyse Houde (Thornbury, ON), Ed Fenwick (Kelowna, BC)
Marianne Fenninger (Sharon, ON), Howard Cole (Toronto, ON)
45-49 Mary Gillespie (North Vancouver, BC) Doug Carter (Oakville, ON)
40-44 Joan Wilson (Calgary, AB) Jeff Hatch (Kelowna, BC)
35-39 Mario Gagnon (Hull,QC) 30-34 Eric Kunstadt (Ottawa,ON)
25-29 Denis Sizov (Calgary, AB)

Sun Peaks plans to host the 2003 Canadian Masters Alpine Championships.

Prepared by Denyse Houde and Patrick Duffy