HALIBURTON - Sarah Tuer-Sipos returned to her favourite sport (Snowboard Cross) in style (fine form) by winning both of her heats and the final at the first race of the season here at Sir Sam’s Ski Resort.
After undergoing reconstructive knee surgery for a torn ACL in April of 2013, the 15-year-old St. Marys resident looked like her old self throughout qualifying and the gold medal run on Sunday, Jan. 19. She had just received the OK from her orthopedic surgeon on Thursday and could not wait to test the new knee.
Sir Sam’s had been her last race in 2013, as her ligament tear was diagnosed just after it at the Fowler-Kennedy Sports Medicine Clinic in London.
Sarah’s victory will now allow her to compete at the Ontario Winter Games, since the race at Sir Sam’s was the qualifier. The Winter Games will be held at Moonstone, the last weekend of February. At the last OWG’s in 2012, Sarah won the bronze medal in Snowboard Cross and followed up with a bronze at the Junior Nationals in Alberta.
With the victory, Sarah will now focus on her other discipline, slalom racing. At her first slalom test event, a NORAM race at Alpine Ski Resort, Sarah earned sufficient points to qualify for Junior Nationals to be held in Quebec during Spring Break.
NORAM races are open category races one level below World Cup races and are a training ground for U.S, Canadian and European athletes, hoping to make their respective national teams.
Sarah’s road to recovery has been a long and slow process, going from relying on crutches to get around to gingerly getting back on her board on Boxing Day. Sarah wishes to give a special thanks for her recovery and success to Meg Smith at Stonetown Physiotherapy for the many hours of rehabilitation and encouragement.