The 2016-17 season will always be a standout one for Great Britain's Owen Pick, after he won his first major medal at the 2017 World Championships. But the snowboarder says that's not the only highlight of a memorable season.
Para snowboard featured in the popular Dew Tour
“The Dew Tour [an extreme sports circuit] this year was really cool. It was the first time we’ve ever had adaptive snowboarding featured at the Dew Tour. It was incredible, and really cool for our sport to be pushing in that direction, at high level events where there are TV crews around and big name pro riders. It was just amazing to be part of.”
Seeing a teammate improve
“[British adaptive snowboarder] Darren Swift and I flew from Canada to the UK [United Kingdom], where we had two days at home before going straight to Spain [for the World Cup]. We were really jet-lagged, and getting down the course in Spain, Swifty’s time on the first day was quite slow. So I said to him, ‘You can push it more than this.’ I spent the next day following behind him on the course in the training runs, just shouting ‘Now go straight, now go straight! Now turn, now turn!’ because he was speed-checking too much. When he did his first timed run, he knocked 14 seconds off his first run, and that’s what we’re talking about!”
Banked slalom SB-LL2 silver at Big White 2017
“The medal at the World Championships was incredible. Getting that first podium, getting all the recognition from the other riders, and from all the other coaches from all the other countries was really nice. It was a really nice atmosphere and a really nice feeling to get on the podium. All the other riders on the way past gave me a big hug or a high-five, and that was really cool.”