Sports Briefs: Drop-in winter sports underway 

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Staying fit through the long Whistler winter can be tough, especially if you don't snowshoe or cross-country ski. To give people something to do through the winter months, this week the Resort Municipality of Whistler's recreation department announced its adult co-ed drop-in sports schedule. All drop-in sports take place at Myrtle Philip Community Centre for an $8 fee.

Basketball takes place on Tuesdays from 8:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

Volleyball is available on Thursdays from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Badminton is available on Thursdays from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Indoor soccer takes place on Fridays from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. starting Nov. 2, and on Sundays from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

As well, Meadow Park Sport Centre offers novice and regular drop-in hockey four days a week, and other classes ranging from yoga to zumba to spin classes. This week Meadow Park put a call out for people to register for its November programs by Nov. 2 to prevent them from being cancelled. The list includes Spyn 2 Yin, Spin TRX Fusion, Zumba Tone, Zumba, Seniors Get Fit!, Mom and Baby Fit!, Dryland, Spin and Après Release.

For more, visit www.whistler.ca/meadowpark and download the newest schedule.

Saints still undefeated after tie

The Whistler Saints flag football team remained unbeaten in the North Shore Football League this week after grinding out a 0-0 tie against the West Vancouver 49ers. It was the team's first game to factor in any column other than the win column, and they'll go into Sunday with a record of 6-0-1.

The Sea to Sky Titans peewee team had their second loss in as many weeks, losing 26-0 to the North Vancouver Colts. Injuries continue to be a factor for the team, which slipped to third in the rankings with a record of 4-3-1.

In Sea to Sky Titans minor team couldn't build on their momentum from last week to capture their second win of the season, letting a close game against the North Vancouver Seahawks slip away. Jack Forsyth scored twice and Hunter Vernor had one touchdown and an extra point. Zach Rhuland also added an extra point in the team's 33-20 loss.

Hockey Canada releases new concussion awareness apps

In response to growing awareness, and concern, about head injuries in hockey, Hockey Canada released new concussion awareness apps for smart phones and tablets last week that were endorsed by the NHL's Sidney Crosby — himself a head injury victim who was sidelined for more than a season with post-concussion symptoms.

The apps are available in both English and French and there are versions for parents and adults. The apps include information on concussions, prevention, respect, rules, symptoms and return to play protocols, which are in effect for every level of hockey under Hockey Canada's umbrella.

"I feel very fortunate that hockey has been part of my life since I was very young and admire Hockey Canada's commitment to educating families and players about all aspects of the game," he said. "It is important to always give your best effort and yet always be respectful of everyone on the ice. Be smart, stay safe and have fun."

The apps are available at www.hockeycanada.ca/apps.

Bobsleigh Team announced

Bobsleigh Skeleton Canada announced its World Cup bobsleigh teams for the coming season at a special event at Montreal Childrens Hospital on Oct. 30.

On the women's side, Olympic champion Kaillie Humphries will pilot the Canada 1 sled, with Chelsea Valois and Emily Baadsvik alternating as her brakewoman. The Canada 2 sled will be steered by Jenny Ciochetti with Kate O'Brien and Christine Bushie filling the number two spot.

There are three men's teams. Lyndon Rush will pilot Canada 1 with a group of pushers that includes Neville Wright, Cody Sorensen, Jesse Lumsden and Lascelles Brown, who is back racing for Canada after a stint with Monaco.

Chris Spring will pilot Canada 2, with teammates Tim Randall, Adam Rosenke and Ben Coakwell providing pushing power and braking.

Justin Kripps is at the helm of Canada 3, which also includes Jean-Nicolas Carriere, Graeme Rinholm, Luke Demetre and James McNaughton.

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