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A touch of rugby

For years Whistler has fielded a rugby team that takes part in summer tournament and exhibition games against teams from the Lower Mainland. But this summer - with enough support - Mark Baldwin is hoping to establish a fun touch league as well. The rules are similar to rugby, as players run forward with the ball and pass it backwards to their teammates until a player is touched by an opposing player. The player then stops, touches the ball to his/her foot and resumes play until someone drops a ball, bumps a ball forward while catching it, passes the ball forward, runs out of bounds or runs out of field. It's a great workout, and something actual rugby players do to get into competitive condition.

If you're interested in joining a touch league, contact Mark Baldwin at mdb_nz@hotmail.com. Dates and times will be announced in the coming weeks.

Province invests $5 million on amateur sports

This week, the province of B.C. announced $5 million in funding for amateur sports programs across the province, which can be accessed by 65 provincial sport organizations through Sport B.C.

The money is used to develop and support amateur sport at the community levels, in whatever makes the most sense in terms of recruiting athletes to the sport and getting programs off the ground.

For example, funding over the last five years has helped Gymnastics B.C. to increase enrollment by more than 25 per cent across the province.

Over the past year Sport B.C. has been working with the Ministry of Healthy Living and Sport and other stakeholders to realign sports and recreation sectors to increase participation.

Calling all climbers

It may still be winter in the valley, but the weather is always fine for climbing at the Whistler Core.

On April 20, The Core is bringing back its Hardcore Bouldering Competition, which last year was a huge success with 50 adults competing in different categories and almost the same number of kids taking part in a fun competition earlier in the day.

The competition runs from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., with athletes scoring themselves on a series of challenging routes. No ropes or harnesses are required.

The cost is $25 for members and $40 for non-members, and everybody has a chance to win draw prizes donated by local businesses. Everybody also gets a T-shirt.

The Fun Kids Comp is from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., and is open to everyone as well as the kids enrolled The Core's youth programs. The cost is $5, which also includes T-shirts and draw prizes. Registration is available at The Core.

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