Snowboard racer crosses off season goals 0
Collingwood's Tayler Wilton, who recently wrapped up her snowboard-cross season, hitting all her goals. Kristen Smith/Collingwood Enterprise-Bulletin
Local snowboarder Tayler Wilton met - and in some cases, exceeded - her season's goals.
Wilton is closing out a successful season this week at the Snowboard Speed Nationals in Nakiska, Alta., for the junior and open snowboard cross events.
"There's going to be some competition, so I'm going to have to work hard," said Wilton, who hopes for a spot on the podium in the under-20 category and in the top eight for the all-ages NorAm event.
"I think I've had a really great season," said Wilton, adding she achieved all her training and finishing goals.
Her top goal of the season was to have a World Cup start, which she did on home turf in February, placing 16th. She also place 15th at in the Stoneham Que., World Cup less than two weeks later.
"That was unbelievably exciting," said the 18-year-old Jean Vanier graduate.
Wilton is coming off a 10th-place showing at the Snowboard World Juniors in Sierra Nevada, Spain last week. Up against some of the best international snowboarders under 20, she is quite proud of her result.
"I felt I had a lot to prove this year," she said. "I came into qualifying (races) in a really good head space."
She hoped to qualify in the top eight, and finish in the top 10 on race day, which is exactly what she accomplished. She says the course conditions changed drastically from one day to the next.
"It was literally like riding a different course," said Wilton, adding she barely hit a jump during practice, nailed it during qualifying races, and overshot the jump during the race.
Wilton says she was very excited to be involved in World Juniors and it's nice to be around people who are equally passionate about riding.
Her goal for next season is to race in more World Cups, and not just the domestic races.
"I'll take it as far as I can," said Wilton, who is going to spend the next couple of years balancing snowboarding and post-secondary education.
"I hope to make the national team and go the Olympics," she said.
Wilton, who has been hitting the hills since age four, says she is proud to be representing Collingwood internationally and is extremely grateful for the community support she has received.