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2017 World Para Snowboard Championships Schedule

  • Synopsis: Published: 2016-10-25 - The Big White 2017 World Para Snowboard Championships will take place from the 1st to the 8th of February 2017. For further information pertaining to this article contact: International Paralympic Committee (IPC) at paralympic.org.

Para-snowboarding

Para-snowboarding classification is the classification system for para-snowboarding. The sport originally called Adaptive Snowboard is now practiced by hundreds of athletes around the world. The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) defines two classes: SB-LL for athletes with a physical impairment affecting one or both legs, and SB-UL for athletes with a physical impairment affecting one or both arms who compete standing. The sport made its official Winter Paralympic debut in the 2014 Winter Paralympics in Sochi, Russia.

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"In addition to the course work, the Local Organising Committee has released a general schedule of events that will include an Opening and Closing Ceremony showcasing local artists and celebrating the diverse field of international athletes."

With 100 days until athletes take to the snow at the Big White 2017 World Para Snowboard Championships on 2 February, organisers have begun dry course work and confirmed the schedule for the biggest event on the 2016-17 calendar.

By consulting with athletes and coaches over the past four IPC Para Snowboard World Cups, Big White Ski Resort (Kelowna, British Columbia) aims to create one of the world's very best Para snowboard facilities.

Flynn Seddon, Director of Terrain Park & Outdoor events at Big White, is proud of the connection the resort has built with the athletes and coaches over the past four years, and is taking a similar path for the World Championships:

"For the World Championships the approach we will take will be similar to what we have done in past World Cup events. A community focus and consultations with coaches and athletes to deliver what they want to see and what they want to ride.

"The dry land work will definitely add to our start section and will increase the ability for us to build a great section leading into the first turn. This alone will put the course at a level above the last four years," Seddon added.

The concept of building a dirt substructure for event venues is an old concept but one that has been revisited in the past few years. Dirt substructures help with the amount of manmade and natural snow a venue needs to build up to competition standards. This attention to detail will be instrumental to developing the sport of Para snowboarding and echoes Canada's commitment to become a world leader in the sport.

General event schedule released

In addition to the course work, the Local Organising Committee has released a general schedule of events that will include an Opening and Closing Ceremony showcasing local artists and celebrating the diverse field of international athletes.

  • 1 February, 2017, Wednesday - Opening Ceremonies
  • 2 February, 2017, Thursday - Snowboard-cross training
  • 3 February, 2017, Friday - Snowboard-cross training
  • 4 February, 2017, Saturday - Snowboard-cross timed qualification runs and finals (men and women)
  • 5 February, 2017, Sunday - Banked slalom course build and refinement
  • 6 February, 2017, Monday - Banked slalom training
  • 7 February, 2017, Tuesday - Banked slalom timed runs (men and women)
  • 8 February, 2017, Wednesday - Closing Ceremonies

Over 100 Para athletes from 25 countries across the globe will compete in snowboard-cross and banked slalom in men's and women's SB-LL1, SB-LL2 and SB-UL classifications.

Media accreditation for Big White 2017 will open on 7 November.

More information about Big White 2017 can be found at Bigwhite2017.com



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