Warfield’s Tommy and Mitch Pitman are only two of three snowboard-cross racers chosen to compete for Canada in the World Junior Championships in Sierra Nevada Spain this weekend.
It is their third trip to the worlds and Tommy is coming off a gold-medal finish at a B.C. provincial series race at Big White last week and earlier this month the twins had the opportunity to compete in World Cup races at Stoneham, Que. and Blue Mountain, Ont.
Racing on the world stage has been a great experience for the Kootenay Boarders, but one that comes with its share of challenges.
“There is a little more pressure in these competitions and you always want to perform well,” offered Mitch in an email.
“Competing in these higher level races is exciting riding with the best. Dropping into a big coarse gets very intense at times.”
After skiing for Team B.C. last season, Mitch and Tommy Pitman were invited to train with the National Development Team, a staging area for junior racers to make the jump to the National Team.
The two join Indrik Trahan on the junior team and will race Sunday.