Big White set to host 2017 World Para Snowboard Championships
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Big White Ski Resort is set to be the official host mountain for the 2017 World Para Snowboard Championships, which will run February 1-8 2017, in conjuction with co-hosts Canada Snowboard and the Canadian Paralympic Committee.
Approximately 100 Para athletes from over 25 countries will travel to Big White Ski Resort to take part in both Snowboardcross and Banked Slalom events in three different categories, Lower Limb-1 (SBLL-1), Lower Limb-2 (SBLL-2), and Upper Limb-1 (SBUL).
“Canada Snowboard is both honoured and elated to be hosting the Big White 2017 World Para Snowboard Championships in February 2017 and we are pleased to be working with our partners, IPC Snowboard, Canadian Paralympic Committee (CPC), and the host venue Big White Ski Resort, to deliver an outstanding event.” said Patrick Jarvis, Executive Director of Canada Snowboard. “Our organizing committee will work hard to ensure that the organization of the event matches the exploits and the performances of the Para-snowboard athletes who will be competing for the title of world champion.
Flynn Seddon, Director of Terrain Park & Outdoor Events at Big White Ski Resort, commented on the quality of the facilities, something that his staff has had the chance to refine over the past few years:
“When we first had an opportunity to host a Para World Cup we put a lot of attention into what the riders on the circuit needed to help grow the sport. We're very proud of the working relationship we have with all the coaches and athletes on the tour and we really try to use our venue and that relationship to continue to develop the Para-snowboarding.”
As the PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games loom closer, the world’s top athletes are eager to prove themselves against a larger field, and the Canadian national Para-snowboard team is no exception. Sochi 2014 Paralympian John Leslie (Ottawa, Ontario) is eager to test himself on the World Championships course.
“Big White has always gone above and beyond when it comes to hosting a World class event. From the course quality to the banquet,everything is done in amazing fashion. It would be great if we could interest the local communities into coming out and cheering on all the athletes. When I look back on the Big White 2017 World Para Snowboard Championships I hope the legacy is the connection with the community and drawing the biggest crowd to our event.”
For more information on the Big White 2017 World Para Snowboard Championships, please visit the Canada Snowboard website.