MGT Academy Class of 2010: And the Winner Is…..Marie-Andree Racine Gagnon!
Whistler-based rider Marie-Andree Racine may soon need to follow in the steps of other Quebecois rippers before her and adopt an acronym moniker like DCP, LNP or MFR. Today MGT Snowboard Camp announced that Marie-Andree Racine Gagnon is the winner of the yearlong “MGT Academy” contest. Marie-Andree was chosen from a group of 5 finalists who were vying for a sponsorship with MGT Snowboard Camp that would provide the winner with unique snowboarding opportunities and a network that could fast-track their snowboard career.
The contest began 1 year ago and was open to anyone who registered for an MGT camp. The idea for MGT Academy came from seeing so many promising riders, including Raewyn Reid and Bev Vuilleumier, pass through the camp program that the MGT crew decided to permanently incorporate this sort of ‘sponsorship scholarship’.
To kick off her role as MGT Academy winner, Marie-Andree will be stuffing her new ThirtyTwo boots and pleasantly smelling Dakine snowboard socks and other gear into a Dakine luggage suite. She will then head into a snowy field to shoot with photographer Ashley Barker who holds the coveted cover of the current Snowboard Magazine Photo Annual (featuring Mikey Rencz). In addition to gear and a private photo shoot with a professional photographer, Marie-Andree will receive access to some of the season’s most desirable contests.
“To win the girls had to calculate the square root of a cab 540 and dial the molecular formula of 2 parts dedication and 2 parts raw talent.” jokes MGT co-founder and camp director Joanna Majcherkiewicz.. “The final 5 were all strong riders with great personalities. The judges agreed though that Marie’s riding stood out and she was consistently growing her list of strong regional contest results. Not that contests are the only performance barometer but they can build reputations and help you evolve as a rider. And they’re a great way to get free tshirts and indulge in resort french fries.”
Congratulations to winner Marie-Andree Racine Gagnon and the rest of the final 5; Shelley Julio, Kallie Murray, Emily Park and Jenna Mae Togado. Learn more about these riders and see their photos on MGTSnowboardCamp.
MGT Snowboard Camp for female snowboarders has been spreading the shred since 2001. MGT’s winter and summer programs are designed for first time terrain park riders through to advanced terrain park riders and all mountain riders. The program operates under the inspirational gaze of professional snowboarders and venerable coaches. Get really really good this season! Brought to you by Burton, Monster Energy, K2, Dakine, Dragon Optics, ThirtyTwo and Snowboard Canada Magazine.
Want more of MAR? Check out her interview by MFR!