Congratulations to the eleven WVBBTS U16 athletes who competed at the USSA Eastern Championships at Whiteface Mountain, NY. Peter Stokloza, Executive Director and CEO of Waterville Valley BBTS Snowsports Educational Foundation, writes, “We’d like to recognize each of them for reaching this level as top 14- and 15-year-olds in our region.”
Congratulations to: Matt Austin, Hunter Brayton, Lyons Brown, Tess Coutu, Anna Foley, Ashley Houser, Giovanni Lazzari, Derek Peake, Peter Rowe, Benjamin Slater and Kristina Wolff.
WVBBTS, Waterville Valley Academy and Pinnacle athletes competed in Slalom, Super G and Giant Slalom events from March 6-10.
Director of Athletic Performance and U16 Coach, Adam Chadbourne, reports, “I am thrilled with the performance of the WVBBTS athletes at this year’s Eastern U16 Championships. Qualifying 11 athletes to the event is commendable in and of itself, realizing podium results and multiple qualifications to the U16 National Championships further validates the strength and depth of our program. Whiteface is a challenging venue. Our kids stepped up to the challenge and showed great fortitude. WVBBTS is truly a program on the move. These results, not just the podiums, but the big moves from the back of the pack, demonstrate that we have the strength and depth to compete with and succeed against what have traditionally been the strongest programs in the Eastern region. Go WVBBTS!”
Top results include Anna Foley winning Slalom and Hunter Brayton placing 7th overall and top year-of-birth (YOB) 1999 in Slalom after starting 38th.
Other WVBBTS athletes with great results include Giovanni Lazzari top YOB 1999 in Super G, Hunter Brayton second YOB 1999 in Super G and Tess Coutu 10th in Super G.
Chadbourne says, “We also had several boys move up considerably from late start positions to cut their bibs in half or better. That’s a real accomplishment at an event of this caliber.”
In an emotional email to the athletes, U16 Coach, Dave Reynolds, had these heartfelt words for the kids as they headed off, “I wanted to congratulate you on your achievements so far and let you know a few things. First, I’m happy to know and have worked with you because you’re lots of fun to spend time and train with! Second, all the coaches and I are proud of your efforts and dedication in achieving this goal. Third, don’t be content with ‘being there.’ Make sure you keep the focus you have developed all year, listen to your coaches on site, believe in yourselves and your skiing, and ski to win! When you leave there, be able to say, ‘that was my best effort of the season.’ We coaches all believe in you, your parents believe in you, but most important…hey.. you believe in you! You have every reason to, and zero reason not to. Good Luck and, just kill it!”
All of the WVBBTS U16 Ladies qualified for Can-Ams, including Tess Coutu, Anna Foley, Ashley Houser and Kristina Wolff; and, all of the U16 Men did, too, including Hunter Brayton, Giovanni Lazzari, Derek Peake and Peter Rowe with alternates Matt Austin, Lyons Brown and Ben Slater. Well done!
Three WVBBTS athletes will also be going to U16 Nationals: Hunter Brayton, Anna Foley and Gio Lazzari.
The entire Waterville Valley community is very proud of these exceptional young student-athletes and look forward to their future achievements as they serve as role models for their peers and younger athletes!