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Tough weekend for youth football

It was a tough Sunday for youth football players, with the pee wee Sea to Sky Broncos losing their second game in a row to the Colts. Jack Forsyth scored the team's only touchdown in the 26-6 loss, while Nolan Robinson-Nault led the defence again with nine tackles and three sacks.

The Broncos have now dropped to fourth in the standings, but are a game behind the top three teams in the division and have a winning record of 4-3.

The Whistler Saints flag football team lost to the North Vancouver Packers. Matt Seamans scored the Saints' only touchdown in the 16-8 loss.

The Saints are third in their division with a record of 4-3-1.

 

Slalom World Cup cancelled

A lack of snow and warmer temperatures forced organizers of the World Cup slalom events at Levi, Finland to cancel the events scheduled for last weekend. Those events have been added to the calendar at Flachau, Austria for late December.

"I was disappointed for sure to wake up this morning and find out it was cancelled because the last four days of training I felt I had really brought my level of skiing up to a very high level and I was ready to ace," said Whistler's Mike Janyk. "That being said, this is the nature of our sport and so now I'm enjoying bringing my amp level back down and going back to some solid training.

"I felt very strongly that our team was ready to race... Now we just pull back a bit and rebuild up for the next World Cup."

There were nine Canadians in training, including Janyk, Julien Cousineau, Brad Spence, Trevor White and Sasha Zaitsoff on the men's team, and Anna Goodman, Erin Mielzynski, Eve Routhier and Madison Irwin for the women.

Finland has been experiencing higher than average temperatures for eight consecutive months. Other regions of Europe have experienced similar weather, and Sweden has already cancelled some World Cup cross-country events.

 

SpiderTech confirmed for Pro Continental Status

Canada's top road cycling team, SpiderTech powered by C10, was confirmed once again to the list of Pro Continental Teams this week. That's one step below their ProTeam category, but teams can be invited by the International Cycling Union (UCI) to race in all of the top events, including the Tour de France.

This is the second year that SpiderTech - which includes Whistler's Will Routley - has made the cut. Routley made a name for himself with a second place finish at the Tro Bro Leon in France early in the season, won Bike Fest in Banff and Canmore, then placed second in the road nationals in what turned into a team race. He fell off the pace near the end of the season with an illness that kept him off his bike, and cost him a chance of representing Canada at the Pan American games and road worlds.

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