Dakota Rourke, a member of the provincial freestyle snowboard team, recently travelled to Vermont with a select group of Canada Games hopefuls. (Submitted photo)
A Falmouth snowboarder has his sights set on the 2015 Canada Winter Games.
Dakota Rourke, 15, travelled to Okemo, Vermont from Feb. 21-23 as one of eight Nova Scotians selected to compete in a USASA Regional Competition.
The select group participated in halfpipe and slopestyle competitions as a practice exercise in preparation for the 2015 Canada Games in Prince George, B.C.
Dakota expects to know if he will be selected to represent Nova Scotia in the national competition by next January.
He says he failed to qualify for semi finals in Vermont, but he is far from deterred.
He plans to continue to train on jumps and rails, and spend the off season at the gym, in anticipation of acing future slopestyle runs.
The provincial freestyle snowboard team’s season will conclude with the Canadian National Championships in Calgary from March 17-13.
If Dakota eventually makes his way to the Canada Games, he will be the second snowboarder in his family to reach such heights in snowboarding.
His sister, Dallas Rourke, won a silver medal in halfpipe during the 2011 Canada Winter Games at Ski Martock.
“She definitely got me interested in it way before I started competing,” says Dakota, who has been snowboarding for seven years.
Dakota says it is the freedom afforded to snowboard athletes in their runs that he finds most appealing about the sport.
“You can do whatever trick you want… just as long as you make it look good. Everyone kind of has their own style.”