At league registration night on Monday, all 15 team spots in the recreational and intermediate volleyball leagues sold out, and all but one spot in the 12 team competitive league.
However, due to the strong interest, Whistler Outdoor Volleyball Association coordinator Scott Rogers said there are eight additional teams, mostly at the intermediate level, that want to sign up. Because of the way play is set up, Rogers says there needs to be at least nine or 12 teams to create a new league — a factor of three — to set up a fourth league this season. The new league would likely play on Tuesday afternoons before the regular intermediate league.
If you’re interested in entering a team into the fourth league (minimum six players for four-on-four play), contact Scott Rogers at firstname.lastname@example.org. The cost is $200 to register for the summer, which includes a tournament volleyball.
The league gets underway on June 16, 17, 18, with the competitive league on Monday, the intermediate league on Tuesday, and the recreational league on Wednesday.
For more information visit www.wova.ca.
WORCA hosts third trail day Saturday
The Whistler Off-Road Cycling Association is hosting its third trail day Saturday, June 7, and will focus on the Cat Scratch Fever trail. The goal of the project is to fix up a few eroded sections and reroute the lower sections.
To take part meet at the top of Alpine Way at 9 a.m. and hike up into Cat Scratch Fever. Don’t forget to dress for the weather and bring your work gloves. Work will run until noon.
Last week volunteers worked on the Millar Creek and Tunnel Vision trails to get them ready for the season. The plan was to clear the Green Lake Loop but the trail had already been cleared and brushed for the season.
The previous week volunteers spread out across the valley to do some general spring cleaning, removing brush and clearing trees and branches from the trails.
This year WORCA is tracking volunteer participation, and will host an event at the end of the season for volunteers who have donated their time to at least two trail events. The goal is to build a large core of active volunteers, as the North Shore club has done, to maintain and upgrade local trails that have seen a huge increase in riders in recent years.
For more information, visit www.worca.com.
Riess selected for B.C. Summer Games
Pemberton’s Kai Riess, 15, was selected to represent Zone 5 in the upcoming B.C. Summer Games in Kelowna.
Riess has won three triathlons in a row this year, including the recent Kids of Steel race hosted by the Whistler Triathlon Club. He also competed in the North Shore Triathlon and the Squamish Kids of Steel.
Riess will compete in three events: a duathlon (1 km run, 5 km bike, 1 km run), an aquathlon (300 metre swim, 1 km run), and a triathlon (400 metre swim, 15 km bike, and 3 km run).
Squamish BMX hosts three-race series
The newly created Squamish BMX Racing Club is hosting a series of three races, on June 7, 14 and 29, at the new track next to the Brennan Park Recreation Centre. Daily registration is at 10 a.m.
Gate practices take place every Monday through the summer, and an additional race is planned for Aug. 31.
The June 7 race is also part of the provincial championship series, and double points are awarded to participants that can be used to enter provincial and national level competitions. With the inclusion of BMX in the upcoming 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, there has been a resurgence of interest in BMX racing.
For more information on Squamish BMX, visit www.squamishbmx.com.
Hotels tee off in Beds and Balls Invitational
Local hotels are invited to Big Sky Golf and Country Club on June 12 to take part in the upcoming Beds and Balls tournament. The goal of the tournament is to give hotel employees a chance to play the local course, and engage each other in a friendly competitions. Some 130 participants are expected, with a shotgun start and scramble format. Registration starts at 2:30 p.m. and the shotgun start is at 3:30 p.m.
There will be a prize for the best retro golf outfit, and for the best costume, as well as draw prizes and hole prizes donated by sponsors. For more information visit www.bigskygolf.com.
Immaculata tops girls soccer tournament
Whistler Secondary got off to a late start this year with the snow, and it showed against teams from the Lower Mainland in the Provincial A Senior Girls Soccer Championships this past weekend.
Whistler lost all three games to finish last, while Pemberton finished ninth out of 16 teams.
Immaculata won the tournament after beating Southridge 2-1 in the final game, and scored 28 goals during the tournament. Glenlyon Norfolk beat Osoyoos 2-0 to take third place.
The MVP award went to Rachel Antoniuk of Langley Christian, as well as the gold boot award for scoring 13 goals. Hazelton Secondary School won the Fair Play Award.
As well, the top player from each team as chosen by the referees were named as commissioners. For Whistler the commissioner was Nancy Bayly.
Test of Metal staggers starts
With over 1,000 riders registered, and at least 800 expected to show up at the start line for the annual Test of Metal on June 14, organizers have decided to do things a little differently this year. Instead of the usual mass start, they are adjusting start times in 30 minute intervals based on how long riders expect it will take them to finish.
“I don’t think that the guy coming in at five hours wants to be starting next to the guy finishing in three hours, and I certainly know that the opposite is true,” said race director Cliff Miller. The organizers based the changes on a survey of riders.
Riders will seed themselves based on their expected time.
“We’ve tried loading on a first-come, first-served basis, and we’ve waited until 30 minutes before the race to load everyone at once, and that can be a bit of a gong show. We’re hoping that by self-seeding, the majority of racers will find themselves with comparable riders earlier in the race and have a better experience.”
As well as staggered start times, the Test of Metal will have 10 primes on the course this year and cash prizes for the top-five men and women. A rider who leads from start to finish can earn as much as $1,250.
The Test of Metal gets underway at 11 a.m.
For more information visit www.testofmetal.com.
Yoga Twenty Four
Most trainers suggest that people hold their stretches for at least a minute, but Whistler Wellness Week is looking to extend that to a whole day.
Yoga Twenty Four on June 7-8 is a new addition to Whistler Wellness Week, promoting a full 24 hours of yoga instruction. You can do it as a solo, or split the time between friends, as a number of instructors teach modalities, relaxation, chanting, meditation, and more. Part of the program includes heading to Enviro-Fest to take part in an interactive live music event.
Eight different types of yoga will be taught — Ashtanga, Kundalini, Jivamukti, Meditation, Hatha, Nada, Vinayasa, and Thai.
For more information, or to register, visit www.yogatwentyfour.com.