Katrina Voss racing giant slalom.

Katrina Voss racing giant slalom.

Hemlock Ski Team racer qualifies for BC Winter Games

Local hill sends Emi Bryan to BC Games and sees Katrina Voss ranked sixth in the province in U16

Hemlock Ski Team’s U14 racer Emi Bryan of Mission qualified for next month’s BC Winter Games to be held at Apex after her performances at Whistler early in the season.

At Whistler Bryan raced in her first ever U14 competition.

Of her three slalom races, Bryan’s best result was 29th out of 49 racers.

As a majority of the racers were older and more experienced than Bryan, and she was racing in the competitive Coast Zone, it was a great result for her and one that qualified the skier to participate in the 2016 Winter Games from Feb. 25 to 28.

At Sun Peaks and competing against the provincial field, both Katrina Voss and Lena Liljedahl—from Port Moody—achieved personal bests on the U16 circuit.

Voss placed fourth in the first giant slalom race and sixth in the second race.

In her third race of the same category she posted the second fasted time in run number one before finishing the race in fifth place after a second run.

Thanks to her three top ten finishes in the first race event of the season, Voss is now ranked sixth in B.C. among the 80 U16 female racers registered with BC Alpine.

And teammate Liljedahl showed steady improvement by placing 38th in the first giant slalom race, 35th in the second giant slalom race and 24th in the first slalom race, which was her best placing ever against the provincial field.

• The Hemlock Ski Club provides ski racing opportunities for children and youth from 4 to 18 years of age.  For more information about the Hemlock Ski Club and its ski racing program, please visit the ski club website at www.hemlockskiclub.com.