Three local snowboarders are in the running to represent Nova Scotia in the 2015 Canada Games.
“These athletes will be in an intensive training program for the next nine months,” said Snowboard Nova Scotia spokesperson Andrew Hayes in a press release announcing the Canada Games Core Team.
Falmouth’s Dakota Rourke is preparing for the freestyle competition, while Hantsport’s Lydia McLean and Windsor’s Jason Ward are honing their snowboardcross skills.
The core group consists of 16 athletes divided into alpine, snowboardcross and freestyle (also known as slopestyle) teams.
Rourke’s older sister, Dallas Rourke, won a silver medal at her home hill of Ski Martock as a halfpipe athlete when the national games were hosted in Nova Scotia in 2011. Falmouth’s Jeremy Page also earned a spot on the podium as a halfpipe silver medalist in the 2011 Canada Winter Games.
Formerly based out of Ski Martock, halfpipe athlete Alexandra Duckworth won gold in the 2007 Canada Games and went on to represent her country in the 2014 Sochi Olympics.
The 2015 Canada Games will run from Feb. 13 to March 1 in Prince George, BC.
Snowboard Nova Scotia will announce the final Canada Games team Jan. 23, 2015.