Sports Briefs: Whistler riders on podium at Sun Peaks 

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This past weekend, Sun Peaks Resort hosted the second Canada Cup and BC Cup event of the season, with a long downhill race taking place on Sunday.

In the Under 15 Men, Whistler's Finn Iles placed first overall in 4:57.62, about 3.5 seconds faster than the next rider.

His older brother Jack Iles was third in Junior Expert Men in 4:32.31, followed by Jackson Lee of Squamish in 4:32.86. Alexander Geddes of Whistler was sixth in 4:34.19, Issac Marangoni was 16th in 4:54.87, Bowen Irvine was 17th in 4:55.08.

In Under 17 Expert Men (15 and 16), Luke Di Marzo of Squamish was seventh in 5:04.01, followed by Whistler's Adison MacDonald in 5:05.56.

In Senior Men 19 to 29, Denis Courchesne was the fastest racer in 4:43.34, while Adrian Camposilvan was fourth in 4:53.75, Chris Draper ninth in 5:00.22, David Friesen (Squamish) 15th in 5:03.63 and Malcolm MacDougall 17th in 5:07.39.

Squamish's Miranda Miller placed third in Elite Women in 4:54.75, behind Micayla Gatto's 4:50.56 and Casey Brown's 4:51.66. Whistler's Claire Buchar was fourth in 5:02.40, Pemberton's Jaime Hill sixth in 5:22.10 and Squamish's Veronika Voracek 10th in 5:48.00.

In the men's elite race, Whistler's Chris Kovarik was third in 4:26.15, Nick Geddes 15th in 4:34.11 and Braeden Onciul 25th in 4:40.14. Kip Shortreed of Squamish was 32nd in 4:43.34.

In Under 17 Sport Men, Whistler's Brocken Camilleri was sixth and Brad Jansen ninth.

The next Canada Cup is a cross-country event this Sunday in Sudbury, Ontario, followed by the cross-country nationals the following week. The final Canada Cup races of the season take place during Crankworx Whistler, with the Canada Cup cross-country finals on Aug. 17 and the downhill — the Canadian Open DH — taking place on Aug. 18.

Vote today for Pemberton BMX

Today — Thursday, July 11 at 9 a.m. to be precise — the voting opens for the TSN Kraft Celebration Tour, which will present 10 cheques for $25,000 each to communities and sports organizations building facilities and capacities across Canada.

The Pemberton BMX Club, which has been building a Canada BMX-sanctioned track in the community, has been short-listed for one of those 10 prizes, and today will go up against the Rotary Club of Invermere, which is raising money to build a splash park at Kinsmen beach.

If Pemberton wins, they'll use the money to buy a start gate and build a better staging area for athletes heading onto the course.

The 20 finalists were chosen from a list of over 600 applications, and the winners will be chosen by vote.

To cast your vote go to

WOVA Open set for July 21

The Whistler Outdoor Volleyball Association is hosting its annual WOVA open on Sunday, July 21, hosting a four-on-four division and doubles division at Rainbow Park. The cost is $25 per player, and side events include bocce and watermelon eating. The after party is at Dubh Linn Gate with a silent auction.

The tournament starts at 10 a.m. and runs until 6 p.m. All proceeds go towards the Whistler Community Services Society, which runs the Whistler Food Bank, services for women and seniors, the community greenhouse program, the Re-Use-It Centre and more.

You can register a team in advance by emailing or by showing up at 9:30 a.m. on tournament day.

Eagles lose championship game

The loss of captain and key player Matty Upton to a shoulder injury and other players to various obligations — including top scorer Harvey Bell to a work contract — was too much for the Sea to Sky Eagles Rugby League Football Club.

On Saturday, the previously undefeated Eagles headed to North Vancouver to battle the Surrey Beavers, a team they had beaten in the regular season. This time they lost 21-10.

"We couldn't match Surrey's physicality," said head coach Keith Reeves. "We turned the ball over too often under intense intimidation and the Beavers were too strong for us. On the few occasions we were allowed to play we showed great skill. But skill was never going to win this game."

Some players from the team will join the B.C. team, which play a league rep team from Ontario for the national title.



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