Alberni skier heads to BC Winter Games

Local skater, badminton player also on Zone 6 team.

Alberni athlete Isabella Cross

Alberni athlete Isabella Cross

Zone 6 (Vancouver Island) will be well represented in alpine skiing at the Penticton 2016 BC Winter Games.

The Mount Washington Ski Club on Wednesday sent 11 athletes off to the Feb. 25-28 Games.  Competing for the Zone on the Mount Washington team for the women are Anja Leikermoser, Shelby Nilsen and Emilly Johnston of Comox, Brooke Taylor of Victoria and Isabella Cross of Port Alberni. On the men’s team we have Ian Leighton and Eric Ashton of Comox/Courtenay, Luke Hoefer of Nanaimo, Trent Perras of Campbell River, Griffin Hart and Luka Djurickovic of Victoria.

The BC Winter Games allows these athletes to compete with others from across the province who are at the highest level of their discipline. The alpine team will be competing in slalom and giant slalom at nearby Apex Mountain Resort, head coach John Trimmer said.

Also representing Port Alberni at the Games are Kimberly Giesbrecht in figure skating, and Hanna Ross in badminton.

Hosting more than 2,500 athletes, Penticton will be brimming with youthful energy this weekend.