Jaffray native snowboarder Katie Anderson had a podium finish in China where she was competing in the Junior World Championships.
Anderson was fresh from competing in the Canada Winter Games in Prince George earlier this year when she headed off to China as part of the National Snowboardcross Team.
Anderson said the competition was a great experience for her, having learned a lot and having fun while doing it.
The ambitious snowboarder was determined to better her third-place finish at the Canada Games.
“I didn’t get quite the results I was hoping for [in Prince George],” said Anderson. “I learned quite a bit from racing there and I had a lot of fun, though.”
Anderson already has her sights set on racing the World Cup circuit along with the five ring international glory of the Olympics.
In her Olympic pursuit, Anderson said it feels good to have supportive parents and a small community rooting for her.
“My parents have been my biggest support for snowboarding. They help me to be able to train and compete and I am very grateful for that,” said Anderson.
Her hometown was part of the reason she got into snowboarding originally, following a field trip to the ski hill with Jaffray Elementary School when Anderson was only in Grade 1.
“It’s pretty awesome to be from a small town and be able to travel around the world to snowboard. I am super fortunate to have the opportunity to travel and compete in some pretty cool places, but it is always nice to come back to Jaffray.”
In addition to placing third individually in the Junior World Championships, Anderson also took fourth place in the team event, qualifying her to represent Canada in the World Cup, which will be hosted in La Molina, Spain