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"Snowboarding-Kennedy Justinen"

THE WORLD CUP TOUR

The World Cup Tour is the highest level of competition aside from the Olympics; and I had the opportunity to compete on World Stages this past season.  

-Valmalenco, Italy Jan. 22-24th

-Reiteralm, Austria Feb. 26-28th. 

My time overseas was a great success for my 2nd full contest season.  I demonstrated great progression to Team Canada coaches and trained alongside the Canadian National Team.  Achieving several of my best results to date, and gaining experience on larger features, the 2021 season will always be one I that remember.

Many Thanks to:

Phasco Health

(Inquire today to become part of the sbx pit-crew)

Younger days

Rocky Mountain House, AB

I was born and raised in Rocky Mountain House, Alberta.  My two brothers and I spent a lot of time playing outside.  Our parents encouraged us to use our imaginations and stay active.  I played many sports from swimming to hockey, baseball, soccer, gymnastics and dance. 


I learned to snowboard at Fairmont Hot Springs Resort at age 10, but I never got really good at the basics.  Growing up in Rocky, elite training programs weren't available for snow sports.  So I put my energy elsewhere...

I spent middle school & highschool playing more accessible sports.  Basketball was my favorite.  I was able to travel to Lake Louise, AB to snowboard on some weekends, but I remained cautious; in fear of getting injured and not being able to play ball.  
 

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Fresh adult ways

Kelowna, BC

From 2012-2015 I owned and operated a small business with my younger brother, we called it

QK Lawn Care. Together we maintained 36 properties May-October.  I moved to Kelowna, BC in November of 2014 and I spent most of my time on the slopes during the 2014/15 season.  I had seen a couple snowboardcross competitions in Big White and I was always drawn to the adrenaline rush.  I had a need for speed... (maybe that's why I was nicknamed KenBlock)

In 2017 I attended post-secondary at MC College Kelowna.  I pursued a trade as a Hairstylist.  I also spent a lot of focused time on the slopes, with friends who encouraged me to compete; after entering a fun race in Big White.
 

Competition Craze

Big White, BC

Every part of my life brings me back to snowboarding.  After competing for fun, I got in touch with the Executive Director of BC Snowboard & entered into a Provincial series in March of 2018.  I was excited and terrified all at once. 

I peed my pants a little in that first race...  I knew I was in the right place.  

I was the eldest competitor at this event, and the younger girls were fierce.  I placed 1st in race #1 and 2nd in race #2.  The coach that mentored me here, suggested I compete in Western Canadian Championships the following week.  It was there that I saw what the sport was REALLY like.  Specialized race boards, coaches brushing wax out of boards seconds before heats were dropping, and Olympic athletes from the 2018 Winter Games. 

I placed second last... BUT I got to watch the racing, see, feel and hear the intensity.  I also met a coach who has played a key role in my personal-development, on and off the sbx track.  I didn't know who they were at the time, however, I admired the way they critiqued the athlete's ability.  I was drawn to their constructive criticism and apparent knowledge of the sport.

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