Local alpine skiers don the red jacket ready for BC Winter Games

Members of the Big White and Apex ski clubs qualified for the BC Winter Games and will take part at Apex Feb. 25

Local alpine skiers off to the B.C. Winter Games (from left to right): Nick Tonogai

Local alpine skiers off to the B.C. Winter Games (from left to right): Nick Tonogai

Several local skiers will be heading to Penticton later this month as members of the Okanagan Zone alpine ski team.

To qualify for the honour of representing the Okanagan Zone over 120 U-14 racers from Revelstoke, Sun Peaks, Silver Star, Big White and Apex ski clubs competed at Sun Peaks in Giant Slalom and Slalom disciplines, looking to qualify for the multi sport event.

In the end it was 21 excited athletes that eventually qualified for the Okanagan Alpine Ski Team and who will proudly wear the traditional red jackets.

Kelowna racers named to the roster are Hallie Jenkins, Jaxon Slaney, Amy Jorgenson and Ana Large for the ladies. While on the men’s side Devin Blaser, Nicolas Tonogai, William Little and Isaac Athans made the cut.

Penticton will play host to the 2016 BC Winter Games from February 25 to 28 with over 1,700 of B.C.’s best athletes bringing their talent and enthusiasm to the games.

The BC Winter Games are an important milestone for ski racers as it marks their first multi-sport experience. The Games feature racers 13 to14 years old and are the youngest group of carded racers in the national ski racing system.

The racers hail from both the Big White and Apex ski club programs and will compete slalom and giant slalom events on Apex Mountain.

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