Kiersten Vincett of Galahad, Ab. racing at Big White Western SX finals. ECA Review/Submitted
Gold medal Western SX final for Kiersten Vincett at Big White Ski Resort in Kelowna, B.C. Vincett wrapped up her season March 21 – 24 at the Sport Check Ski Cross National Championship at RED Mountain Resrot in Rosslad, BC where she raced against living legends, such as Pyeong Chang Olympic Gold Medalist Kelsey Serwa. ECA Review/Submitted
Kiersten Vincett, a former Valley Alpine Ski Club racer, wrapped up her competition season March 21 – 24 at the Sport Chek Ski Cross National Championship at RED Mountain Resort, Rossland, BC.
The Sport Chek National Ski Cross Championships put living legends, such as Pyeong Chang Olympic Gold Medalist Kelsey Serwa, up against the next generation of ski cross racers.
Other highlights of Vincett’s year included a FIS Bronze medal at Sir Sam’s Ski and Bike in Ontario and Gold and Silver medals in the Matrix Western SX Finals at Big White Ski Resort in Kelowna, BC.
Kiersten Vincett was two years old when she first strapped on skiis at Valley Ski Club near Alliance, Ab. and four when she took to racing in the Nancy Greene program, now called Valley Alpine Ski Club.
Vincett aims to reach the National Development Team in the next three years which will give her some sport funding from the government. Her long-term goal is for the National team and the Olympics.
She moved to Calgary to attend the National Sport School where she graduated from last year. She is completing some grade 12 classes this year while training and competing with the Alberta Ski-cross team.
Pre-season training involves usually 20 hours a week in the gym with agility drills, etc., while during the ski season, training involves 20 hours on the snow every week.
Vincett wasn’t firm on her plans for next year other than to continue training and working, possibly taking a “gap” year before pursuing a career in athletic therapy, as one option.
Vincett grew up in Galahad, Ab. where her parents, Ross and Penny, and two younger siblings reside.
She likes her roots in small town saying, it takes a village to raise a child because my parents could not have done it all without the help of friends and parents of fellow athletes who were really really supportive and helpful.
“My parents couldn’t have done it all without that support as I was a multi-athelete going from skiing, volleyball, badminton, basketball, then baseball in the summer,” said Vincett.
“You can pursue your dreams, even if you come from a small community.
“It’s not a disadvantage at all, you can still do great things because you have the whole community at your back.”