Fort McMurray skier Joey Gouthro has been awarded the regional U14 Male champion title for 2020.
Each year, the title is given to one male and one female each in the U14, U16 and U19 categories. The award is open to any competitive skier across the province.
Throughout the season, Gouthro had three first place finishes and qualified for the 2020 Arctic Winter Games. However, the winter games were cancelled due to COVID-19.
“Joey is a spitfire. Like he loves to race. He’s a 13-year-old racer that absolutely loves the speed,” said Kathi Brewer-Guthro, president of the Fort McMurray Ski Club.
The season was a build on the previous season, where Gouthro managed multiple podium finishes, but not a first place finish. That season, he was awarded rookie of the year.
“It’s a pleasantly proud moment, because you don’t really know what the season is going to look like until you’re into it,” said Brewer-Guthro. “Just because one season had one success doesn’t mean the next season has that same success necessarily.”