St. Laurent & Shadlock each take gold

St. Laurent & Shadlock each take gold

By Haley Ferguson, BC Games News Service

Author: BC Summer Games/Friday, July 18, 2014/Categories: 2014 BC Summer Games, Towed Water Sports

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Friday was a successful day for Vancouver Island-Central Coast (Zone 6) at Quamichan Lake in Duncan for the BC Summer Games.

Chantal St-Laurent of Parksville and Mason Shadlock of Mill Bay each won gold in both Wakeboarding and Wakeskating in their divisions. St-Laurent won in girls division 3 and Shadlock in boys division 2.

Wakeskating was adapted from wakeboarding. In wakeboarding the feet are bound to the board by boots, much like snowboarding. In wakeskating there are no bindings. Instead there is grip tape like a skateboard.

St-Laurent says she started the sports when she was 7 years old after her Dad bought a boat. His friends asked if I wanted to try wakeboarding, and after that we joined the Sproat Lake Water Sports Association, said St-Laurent.

I watched my cousins do it, Shadlock said of how he got involved in the sport when he was just 5 years old. His home lake is Shawigan.

Learning new things,” both athletes said when asked their favourite part of towed water sports.

Shadlock says his favourite trick is a heelside 5-40. A heelside is when the boarder cuts toward the wake with the heel side of the wakeboard on edge and the riders chest is facing the wake.

Stalefish, St-Laurent chuckles when she’s asked about her favourite trick. It’s new to me, she said. This trick is when she grabs the board on her heel side between her feet with her backhand.

Shadlock also finished in sixith place in the water ski slalom event on Saturday.


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