IPC Snowboard has announced the host venue of the 2017 World Para Snowboard Championships on Monday. Canada Snowboard will host the event at the Big White Resort in Kelowna, BC.
The event will take place at the start of February from the 1st to the 9th and acts as the last major Para Snowboard event ahead of the PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Games. There will be three classifications taking part, SB-UL, SB-LL1 and SB-LL2 with snowboard-cross and banked slalom events.
Big White has a long history with Para Snowboard events having hosted four world cup events in the past. It has also served as the home venue for Canada’s Para Snowboard team, serving as a major influence in developing the sport in Canada.
The head of IPC Snow Sports, Dimitrije Lazarovski, was pleased with the host selection and was already looking forward to a strong event. “Big White 2017 headlines the competition calendar for the coming season and we are really excited about what the organisers have planned. It is the biggest and most important event to take place ahead of the PyeongChang 2018 so we expect some exceptional performances from athletes. The standard of competition in this relatively young sport has increased rapidly and we are looking forward to what will come next.” He said at the announcement press conference.
This will be the second ever World Para Snowboard Championship and Canada will be hoping that hosting gives them an edge. The first World Championships held last year and Holland dominated, winning four gold medals.
Top Photo: Action in the Big White Para Snowboard World Cup (Credit: Big White Resort)