Warfield snowboarders finish strong

Warfield twins Mitch and Tommy Pitman finished up their competitive snowboard-cross season on a high note this past month.

Warfield twins Mitch and Tommy Pitman finished up their competitive snowboard-cross season on a high note this past month.

Mitch captured his career best seventh-place finish at the Canadian Nationals at Big White two weeks ago. The 20-year-old Kootenay Boardrider finished behind three members of the Canadian Olympic team that included Kevin Hill, second, Robert Fagan, third, and Chris Robanske, fifth. Mitch came back strong in the finals after a difficult start to a season marred by bad crashes while training in South America and Ontario.

“I was disappointed to miss some of the earlier competitions because of a concussion, but was happy with my result at the Nationals,” said Mitch in an email.

Tommy, meanwhile, posted another podium first-place finish at the North American competition at Mount Hood, Ore. on Mar. 23. He also came back strong after a knee injury a few weeks earlier forcing him to have to sit out the final two World Cup competitions in Switzerland and Spain at the beginning of March.

“This season was a really great experience for me as I attended three World Cups (in Austria, Alberta, and Andorra),” said Tommy.

The Pitmans received financial sponsorship from Teck Metals Ltd enabling them to intensify their pre-season training and progress toward their goal of competing at the highest level of competitive snowboard-cross.