SOURCE: Alberta Snowboarding Association

Alberta Snowboarding Association

March 01, 2016 15:00 ET

Kira Lengkeek Represents Canada at the Winter Youth Olympic Games

CALGARY, AB--(Marketwired - March 01, 2016) - The sport of snowboarding is constantly challenging youth to push their boundaries and expand their skillset. With numerous snowboarding events taking place worldwide, athletes are encouraged to participate in various competitions in order to showcase their talents while competing against other athletes.

The Winter Youth Olympic Games were created to offer youth an opportunity to compete at an international level. The first Winter Youth Olympic Games were hosted in Innsbruck, Austria in 2012. This year, the second Winter Youth Olympic Games took place in Lillehammer, Norway from Feb. 12 to Feb. 21, 2016. The Olympic event included 1,100 athletes from 71 nations, who competed in a total of 70 events.

Last year, Kira Lengkeek, a 16-year-old Canadian snowboarder, placed 5th in the halfpipe competition at the Junior World Championships in Yabuli, China. This ranking, along with continuous support from her parents, her coach Josh Duncan and Alberta Snowboarding Association is what helped Kira secure a spot at this year's Winter Youth Olympic Games.

According to Kira's parents, Shannon and Gord Lengkeek, "Alberta Snowboarding Association has played a large role in supporting and encouraging all of Alberta's athletes. These kids all work very hard and are very fortunate to have such an amazing provincial sport organization behind them."

Alberta Snowboarding Association is a non-profit organization that works closely with athletes and their families to promote a healthy and competitive environment for youth to develop skills associated with snowboarding. Alberta Snowboarding Association is honored to represent athletes like Kira who are constantly challenging themselves and those around them. The organization is proud of Kira's accomplishments and offers all young athletes equal support and opportunities to succeed in the sport of snowboarding.

"I have learned a lot from the top riders in my discipline and have a tremendous amount of respect for them. I am trying to do my best to represent Canada and my sport," said Kira who proudly placed 6th at the 2016 Winter Youth Olympic Games. It is her perseverance and commitment to the sport that ensured her a place among the top 10 in the halfpipe competition.

Kira continues to compete at an international level and challenges herself daily by investing herself 100 per cent in the sport of snowboarding. She is currently training for Sport Chek Air Nation, taking place at the Mount St. Louis Moonstone Horseshoe Resort in Ontario. It is this kind of dedication and hard work that empowers other young people and inspires them to reach their full potential. 

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