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Whistlerites in motion: community engagement ramps up as local athletes excel

Girls and women wanting to try out hockey or rugby will soon have their chance with the Winterhawks and Axemen
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The Whistler Winterhawks U13 girls' hockey team in their locker room.

Welcome back to your recap of Sea to Sky athletes and their exploits at home and abroad. Ski season may be over, but there are plenty of ways to get your body moving whether you're a seasoned athlete or a novice.

The Whistler Winterhawks are inviting girls of all skill levels to an open hockey tryout on June 4 at Meadow Park Sports Centre (MPSC). Meanwhile, ladies curious about rugby will want to mark June 20 on their calendars, for the Axemen are hosting an introductory session and barbecue social at Howe Sound Secondary.

Emeline Bennett knows firsthand how trying something new can change your life. The Canadian national ski cross racer switched disciplines from alpine skiing after high school and credits Olympic champ Ashleigh McIvor for helping her acclimate to her new sport. 

Alexandria Loutitt was named one of Canada's Athletes of the Year after winning her first World Juniors ski jumping gold medal at Whistler Olympic Park.

Half a dozen local gymnasts recently reached the podium on Vancouver Island, including Juno Buhler who won five medals (four of them gold).

The boys have been distinguishing themselves too. Aiden Bayliffe made the BCEHL All-Star team as his league's top scoring defenceman, while mountain biker Coen Skrypnek reached the podium on the NW Cup circuit. Meanwhile, golfer Stewart Walker opened his season with three consecutive victories.

The Whistler Wolves finally won it all with their recent breakthrough at the Rugby League British Columbia (RLBC) Nines Tournament.

Check back in with Pique Newsmagazine for the latest Sea to Sky sports news and features highlighting the athletes you know and love. 

Have a local sports tip? Contact sports reporter David Song at dsong@wplpmedia.com