Cranbrook's Sheldon Kelly Reaches Final Round of "North America's Top Snowmobiler"

Sheldon Kelly. (Credit: Quin Lockwood)

Kelly is asking for your votes one more time to push him to the title of the top snowmobiler this continent has to offer.

The Cranbrook native won the semifinals Thursday night over Minnesotan Chris Kiehne by a wide margin, securing over 60% of the total votes.

It is for this very reason that he wants to ensure the public continues to vote for him and not rest on his laurels.

"Basically been setting up all week to head off to an early start if we can. We haven't been in that tight of a race and the guys in the east that I'll be up against have been in a very tight race, so they'll have a lot of steam coming out of the gate this morning, so I'll be looking to get as many votes as I can right off the start."

Kelly says it has been amazing to see the levels of support shown in this competition, given that the winners are determined based on the popular vote.

He believes that winning the final round would be amazing, but not just for himself.

"Basically, it's going to be a huge sense of accomplishment, and it won't just be for me, it'll be for everyone who's been voting for me since day one. I want to win for these people now that have been supporting me through this. There's thousands of people out there that are doing this so I don't want to let anyone down."

Kelly was basically born on a snowmobile, first hitting the slopes with his dad when he was one year old and has been doing it ever since.

He is now the Head of the Trail Maintenance Committee in the Cranbrook Snowmobile Club.

The winner of North America's Top Snowmobiler will get their choice of a brand new Ski-doo snowmobile, a $2,500 prize package, and the chance to be part of a special snowmobile camp.

The finals pit Kelly against Dustin Boyd from Newfoundland and Labrador, who narrowly won his semifinal matchup to reach this stage.

Votes can be cast once per day until February 21st. The link to do so is here.

Audio: Sheldon Kelly

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