Sports Briefs: Whistler Nordics on top at Mt. Washington 

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Members of the Whistler Nordics Ski Club headed to Vancouver Island and Mt. Washington on the weekend for the fourth Teck Coast Cup event of the season hosted by the Strathcona Nordics. Many of the older athletes used the event to tune up for the upcoming nationals at Whistler Olympic Park, while younger athletes looked to improve on their own rankings in the Coast Cup series.

At Mt. Washington, every member of the Whistler team made it to the podium in either the interval start skate race on Saturday or mass start classic race on Sunday, or in some cases both.

On Saturday, Joe Davies placed first in Bantam Boys 2; Mila Wittenberg was first in Bantam Girls 2; Linea Uunila was second in Bantam Girls 1; Fraser Doak was first in Midget Boys 1, while Michael Murdoch, Sam Johnston and Ian Davidson were third, fourth and fifth respectively; Benita Peiffer was first in Midget Girls 1, followed by Lauren Kilfoy Mackay in second; Julia Long was third in Midget Girls 2; and Lauren Doak and Nicki Murdoch were first and second in junior women.

In Sunday's classic race, Joe Davies, Mila Wittenberg and Benita Peiffer placed first once again; Linnea Uunila was fourth; Michael Murdoch was second, Fraser Doak third, Sam Johnston fourth and Ian Davidson fifth; Lauren Kilfoy Mackay and Julia Long were second, and Nicki Murdoch and Lauren Doak exchanged places in Junior Women.

The local national training centre, the Callaghan Valley Training Centre, also made the trip to Mt. Washington, competing in the open categories.

In the 7.5km skate race, Geoffrey Richards placed first, followed by Martin Schrama, Yannick Pierre and Sebastien Townsend. In the junior category it was Sebastien Dandurand, followed by Colin Ferrie, Stefan Sander-Green, Paul Dupuis and Fred Weaver.

In Sunday's 15km race the CVTC skiers hung together until the final sprint. Stefan Sander-Green edged Colin Ferrie at the line, Sebastien Dandurand was third and Geoffrey Richards fourth overall (as well as top senior). Martin Schrama, Paul Dupuis and Fred Weaver lost the lead pack but placed fifth, sixth and seventh respectively.

Fundraiser to support Cowboy Camp

On Mar. 22, on the eve of the Sport Check Canadian Alpine Championships, World Cup stars Mike Janyk and Manuel Osborne-Paradis are hosting a private fundraiser for the sixth annual Mike and Manny Cowboy Camp, which provides an opportunity for 18 young Canadian racers to train with national team members and coaches in World Cup conditions. The goal of the fundraiser is to support the camp, as well as to provide bursaries for young skiers taking part.

The fundraiser will take place in a private home in Emerald Estates, and tickets are $125. For more information or tickets, email Richard.prokopanko@riotinto.com.

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