Comox snowboarder Darcy Sharpe has stormed the podium at the FIS Junior World Championships in Spain.
He won the silver medal in slopestyle for himself and for Canada at the Sierra Nevada resort near Granada on Saturday.
The competition was the final event of the 16th world juniors, with the biggest Canadian delegation of the week on hand.
Sharpe had a strong run to win silver with a score of 88.00. On the women’s side, Natalie Allport from Ottawa was the top Canadian, finishing in ninth place with a score of 50.00.
Sharpe is a 16-year-old boarder who attends Mark R. Isfeld Secondary School in Courtenay.
He has snowboarded since he was five years old and learned to ride at Mount Washington, where his father is director of business operations and marketing.
His dad and mom were in Spain to cheer him on and join the celebrations on the weekend.
Sharpe was a member of the local V.I. Riders Snowboard Club for a few years and received funding in the past from the Vancouver Island Mountain Sports Society to assist with his travel costs to competitions.
Society spokeswoman Joanna Fox voiced congratulations on his success yesterday. “It’s an amazing result for him, but very well deserved. Seeing him make the podium is phenomenal.
“He’s got amazing heart, passion and talent in his sport. The kid’s only young, but he’s been flipping himself off ridiculous jumps for a long time.
“He’s had a lot of support from his family and the community, and the Mountain Sports Society has been pleased to have been able to help towards his travel and competition costs as he has built up to this.”
Over the years, the society has helped several dozen athletes on Vancouver Island to progress in their sports by travelling off the Island and getting training opportunities to them take a step up into bigger competitions.
They are hosting another fundraiser on April 21 (4-8 p.m.) at their newly-opened mountain sports centre on Mount Washington with a barbecue, entertainment and auction, all part of a big ‘aprÃ¨s ski’ event. The event is open to all.
This year’s Junior World Championships attracted 500 competitors in five different events: snowboardcross, halfpipe, parallel giant slalom, parallel slalom and slopestyle.