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Doing it for grandma: Kelowna man hopes to become top North American snowmobiler

A Kelowna man is hoping to become the top snowmobiler in North America but he’s up against some stiff competition.

Justin Evans, 28, entered an online voting competition to help promote the Okanagan as a snowmobile destination – but most importantly, he’s doing it for his grandmother.

“Somehow they liked what I sent them,” said Evans after learning from Skidoo that he’s a finalist.

So far, Evans is the only representative for B.C. as the support keeps pouring in.

“People from high school 10 years ago are sending me messages of support,” he said.

The winner of the competition depends on is based on total votes received online.  It’s down to 16 contestants  — eight from Canada and eight from the U.S. The Canadians will duke-it-out before the finalist goes head to head against the American finalist.

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“Right now I’m up against a guy from Newfoundland,” Evans said.

If Evans wins, he said he could become Canada’s unofficial ambassador for snowmobiling.

“If everybody feels that I should be, I would be more than honoured to,” he said.

But Evans said he’s really doing it for the person who introduced him to snowmobiling when he was only three years old — his grandmother, who’s fighting Alzheimer’s disease.

“She was a big part of my life. We rode horses together, snowmobiled together – I idolized her. She made me who I am today, he said.

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If you would like to vote, click here and follow the link.

The winner gets a free Skidoo snowmobile and will be invited to Skidoo’s factory to test the latest sleds.