We are very proud to support and sponsor the following athletes and teams. Our belief is that sport transcends barriers. It matters not your social or economic position, male / female, where you live, where you came from. People believe in athletes to win. We are very proud to know and support the following. We are also very proud to call them friend, and we are so happy to be a part of their circle.
Darren Gardner - Canadian National Alpine Snowboard Team
Gardner’s first memory of snowboarding is of him trying to snowboard on his toboggan, which led him to snowboard racing at the age of eight and fourteen podium performances on the Nor Am Tour. Gardner has been steadily progressing in the international ranking – notably placing fourth at the 2011 FIS World Junior Championships in PSL and placed third at National Championships in 2010. Gardner looks to represent Canada at the next Winter Olympic Games.
Jasey Jay Anderson - Canadian Olympic Snowboarder
Anderson had long been one of the world’s most successful snowboarders, winning multiple world championship medals, but had been unable to break onto the Olympic podium. When snowboarding made its Olympic debut in Nagano 1998, Anderson was the leader after the first run of giant slalom. But heavy clouds and fog rolled in, affecting almost all the competitors, including Anderson who ended up 16th. Jasey-Jay Anderson made his fifth Olympic appearance at Sochi 2014, four years after he won a long-awaited gold medal in what was to be his final Olympic race.
Marianne Leeson - Canadian Olympic Snowboarder
Marianne first got introduced to multi-sport competition at the 2007 Canada winter games in Whitehorse, where she won a gold in giant parallel slalom. She’s been competing at Canadian World Cups since 2005 and became a regular on the tour in 2011-2012. Her most memorable moment was placing in the final top 16 at the World Cup in Spain in 2011. Since then, she’s been increasing her ranking with a World Cup top 10 in Arosa the following season. Marianne's life long dream came true when she competed at the Sochi 2014 Winter Games where she posted the best ever result by a Canadian woman in PGS with her 5th place finish.
Megan Farrell - Canadian National Alpine Snowboard Team
Megan Farrell began snowboarding in Ontario to keep up with her siblings and cousins. She trains out of the Calgary snowboard club and attends Queens University. She has been competing on the FIS tour since 2008She has attended four Junior World Championships. Her most memorable moment is placing second at the Canadian National Championships in 2010.
Alexandra Villiard - Canadian National Junior Snowboard Team
Alexandra Villiard is an elite member of the Quebec alpine snowboard team. She started skiing at 3 years old and by the age of 7 started learning to snowboard. Alexandra competed in her first race at the age 12 and has been on the FIS and Nor Am Cup circuit since she was 15 years old, reaching the podium several times. In 2014 Alexandra was the Canadian National Junior Champion and finished in the top 16 in the Junior World Campionships in Italy. Alexandra is a full time student, studying a bachelor degree in biology at the University of Quebec in Montreal. She focuses very hard to compete at the highest level in snowboarding and to succeed in her studies at the same time.
Marianne Laurin Lalonde - Canadian National Junior Snowboard Team
Marianne started snowboarding at age seven and immediately started racing in small provincial competitions. At fifteen years old she registered as a FIS competitor and a year later reached the top 8 in NorAm cups. Marianne started the 2014 season with a 2nd place in the first race at Buck Hill (Minnesota) and a gold medal in the junior race. She then went on to finished 1st in the Canada Games in British Columbia and was invited to Japan to compete in her first World Cup Race with the chance to compete against the best in the world. Soon after she went to China to participate in the World Junior Championships. Then back home to Canada to race in the Canadian Alpine Snowboard Championships where she placed 4th over all in the giant slalom against the best Canadian women to finish the year 4th place in the NorAm standings.
Chris Robanske - Canadian Olympic Snowboarder
After having two seasons cut short due to injury, Chris Robanske had a healthy and successful 2012-13 campaign, highlighted by a pair of World Cup podiums including his first World Cup victory. He finished the season ranked sixth in the World Cup snowboard cross standings. He also competed at his first world championships where he was fourth in qualifying before finishing 12th. Robanske made his Olympic debut at Sochi 2014 where he finished tied for 17th after being eliminated in the quarterfinal heats. Robanske had experienced the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games as a forerunner for the snowboard cross event. He joined the national team in 2010-11
The YAAACE Under 15 Boys Basketball Team
Founded in 2007, the Youth Association for Academics Athletics and Character Education (Y.A.A.A.C.E) is a community organization that seeks to engage children and youth from all communities – particularly those from poor racialized communities – in year round comprehensive programming and activities such as: academics, athletics, recreation, technology and the arts.
The team here at YAAACE would like to thank Critical Freight Inc for your generous contribution to our basketball team. Your financial contribution to the team has made it possible for our young men to continue playing the sport they love while building strong positive relationships and being influential members of the community.