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P.E.I. Ski Patrol earns silver at national competition

From left, Greg McCormick, Diane Lemay and Craig Taggart, members of the Canadian Ski Patrol on P.E.I., prepare to start the Canadian Ski Patrol National First Aid Competition at Big White Resort in Kelowna, BC.  The team placed second overall.
From left, Greg McCormick, Diane Lemay and Craig Taggart, members of the Canadian Ski Patrol on P.E.I., prepare to start the Canadian Ski Patrol National First Aid Competition at Big White Resort in Kelowna, BC. The team placed second overall.

Three members of the Canadian Ski Patrol (CSP) at Brookvale Provincial Ski Park earned silver medals at a national first aid competition.

Diane Lemay, Greg McCormick and Craig Taggart participated in the Canadian Ski Patrol National First Aid competition, held in Kelowna, BC, on March 31. 

A total of seven teams from across Canada competed in two mock scenarios and had to assess, treat and arrange for transport of the patients. 

Scenarios included rescuing an unresponsive snowboarder and helping a non-English speaking patient with an injury, all within tight 20-minute time limits.

The team from Brookvale took a second-place finish, the best-ever finish for a team from Brookvale at the national competition. 

Lemay is in her seventh year as a patroller, and this was her first national competition. 

McCormick has been a patroller for 22 years, and this was his fourth competition. 

Taggart has been patrolling for 23 years, and this was his third competition. 

On P.E.I., 36 ski patrol members provide more than 1,700 hours of volunteer service at both the Nordic and alpine venues.  Patrollers also provide first aid services at many off-season events, such as the P.E.I. Marathon, Canada Day celebrations and the various Bridgefests. 

Visit www.skipatrol.ca, or call Taggart at 902-393-5333.

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