Big air athletes to kick off season 

Sports briefs: Canadian Sport Awards finalists announced; Summer bobsleigh extended

click to enlarge PHOTO COURTESY OF FREESTYLE CANADA - GOING BIG Big-air skiers Teal Harle (left) and Dara Howell (right) will open the FIS World Cup season in New Zealand this week.
  • Photo courtesy of Freestyle Canada
  • GOING BIG Big-air skiers Teal Harle (left) and Dara Howell (right) will open the FIS World Cup season in New Zealand this week.

After a long summer, Canada's best freestyle skiers will be back in action this week.

Seven big air competitors are in New Zealand for the first FIS World Cup event of the season with finals on Sept. 7. The event is being held at Cardrona Alpine Resort as part of the Winter Games NZ festival.

Whistler's Yuki Tsubota will compete with Dara Howell and Elena Gaskell on the women's side while fellow Whistlerite Teal Harle will join Evan McEachran, Alex Beaulieu-Marchand and Noah Morrison on the men's side.

Earlier in the Winter Games, young competitors took part in the FIS Junior World Championships. Snowboarder Jadyn Chomlack of Whistler tied for 19th in the slopestyle event on Aug. 31 with a score of 74.66.

Summer bobsleigh extended

Missed your chance to rumble down a bobsleigh track in above-zero temperatures?

The Whistler Sliding Centre (WSC) is extending its summer bobsleigh program the next two weekends, holding sessions at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 8, Sunday, Sept. 9 and Saturday, Sept. 15.

Adults 19 and older slide for $109 plus tax, while the first youth (aged 12 to 18) slides for free, while additional youth take part for half-price.

The WSC track crew will begin ice making at month's end with bobsleigh, luge and skeleton athletes set to start their respective seasons in October.

For more information, call 604-964-0040 or visit www.whistlerslidingcentre.com.

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