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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.

SpiderTech is one of 15 teams on the UCI Professional Continental team list. The UCI ProTeams division is made up of eight teams.


Woolstencroft added to Sports Hall of Fame

On Tuesday, Nov. 8, six Canadian athletes were inducted into the nationals Sports Hall of Fame at a special ceremony in Calgary.

Among the inductees was Lauren Woolstencroft, a Paralympic skier who finished the 2010 Games with gold medals in Whistler in all five disciplines. Woolstencroft was born without both legs below the knee and her left arm below the elbow, and competed in the standing category. She started skiing at the age of four and racing at the age of 14.

She retired last year with eight gold medals to her credit over three Winter Games, as well as a silver and bronze.

During her ski career she earned a degree in electrical engineering, and is now employed by BC Hydro.

Others added to the Hall of Fame include hockey legend Ray Bourque, anti-doping crusader Dick Pound, soccer player Andrea Neil, CFL kicker Lui Passaglia and three-time world Ironman champion (and three-time silver medallist) Peter Reid.


Whitfield to return to Games

Victoria's Simon Whitfield is heading back to the Olympics for an incredible fourth time, representing Canada in the sport of triathlon. He's 36 and will be 37 when he dons his Team Canada jersey.

Whitfield won gold in the 2000 Olympics in Beijing and placed second in 2008 in Beijing.

The only other Canadian triathlete named to the Olympic team this week was Edmonton's Paula Findlay, who has five world championship wins to her credit and won on the London course last year. She was ranked number one in 2011 before she sustained a hip injury in July.


Eat pizza to support roller derby

The Whistler Roller Girls - the town's first roller derby league - is hosting a fundraiser on Tuesday, Nov. 29 at Creekbread, with live music, a 50/50 draw and pizza. Creekbread will donate $3.50 for large pizzas and $1.75 for small pizzas to the organization.

The group has been bouncing between training facilities Vancouver, Squamish, Whistler and Pemberton to prepare for their first derbies in 2012. There are 36 girls in the program, enough to create a few local teams, and the league will support a touring team as well that will compete against teams from other communities.


Prime Minister salutes Pan Am success

While Team Canada fell short of its medal goals at the Pan American Games in Mexico, 140 medals, but still managed to place fifth overall in the medal count with 119 medals - 30 gold, 40 silver and 49 bronze.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper said, "All Canadians are extremely proud of our athletes and their outstanding performances... I wish Canada's athletes all the best as they look to build upon these successes at future sporting events, including the 2012 Olympic Games in London, England and the 2015 Pan American Games being hosted in Toronto."

Some of the notable gold medals include:

• A gold medal in Sevens Rugby, making Canada the first nation to win a major international event in the sport since the International Olympic Committee agreed to include the sport in the Games in 2016. They beat Argentina by two points in the final game.

• A gold medal in women's soccer, including a shootout win over Brazil in the finals.

• A gold medal by Mary Spencer in women's boxing, which will be included in the Olympics for the first time in 2012.

• A win over the U.S. in men's softball.