Harle, Sharpe honoured for performances 

Sports briefs: Warm invited to Vegas; Tenderfoot Boogie crowns champs

click to enlarge FILE PHOTO - TOP TEAL Teal Harle impressed Freestyle Canada brass this season.
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  • TOP TEAL Teal Harle impressed Freestyle Canada brass this season.

Teal Harle and Cassie Sharpe both had some great moments in the 2016-17 season, and Freestyle Canada took notice.

The Whistler residents were honoured by the organization last week after putting up the performance of the year in their respective disciplines.

Harle posted his first-ever slopestyle World Cup win in Silvaplana, Switzerland, this season while some of Sharpe's brand-new moves in the halfpipe helped land her the honour.

Catrine Lavallee scored the performance of the year in aerials, while moguls athletes Justine Dufour-Lapointe and Mikaël Kingsbury were the athletes of the year.

"It gives me great pleasure to receive this award from Freestyle Canada. I had the best season of my career on the World Cup circuit," Kingsbury said in a release.

Warm attends Vegas development camp

A Whistlerite was one of the first to pull on the Vegas Golden Knights uniform.

Defenceman Will Warm, who played with the Western Hockey League's Edmonton Oil Kings last season, was one of 15 defencemen and 44 players overall to be invited to the newest NHL franchise's development camp, which began on June 27 and will wrap on July 1.

Warm, who was eligible for last weekend's NHL Entry Draft but was not selected, scored nine goals and 15 assists for Edmonton last season.

Tenderfoot Boogie crowns champs

Over 60 competitors in four different divisions earned the chance to put their feet up on June 24.

The 50-mile ultramarathon, which took runners from the Squamish Adventure Centre to the finish in Alpine Meadows, saw Al Petro brave the heat to earn the win by two minutes and 54 seconds (2:54) over David Vavrik. Kendall Cave finished an hour behind Petro to take third. Sarah Cuff, meanwhile, was the lone woman to finish.

In the 50-kilometre event, Karine Travaillaud set a new course record en route to topping the category with a time of five hours, 33 minutes and 27 seconds (5:33:27) finishing 20 seconds ahead of men's winner Matthew Ehrenreich. Natalie Peters and Vicki Romanin were second and third in the women's event while Brendan Urlocker and Barry Berg hit the men's podium.

In the 28-km event, Mike Sidic bested Brian Zanalio and Dane Low while Rachel Slykhuis bested Teresa McKinley and Susan Christie on the women's side.

Lastly, Alyssa Vanderploeg blazed to the 13-km win over Amy Vanderhorst and Kelly Graves.

Eagles show well in Vancouver

The Laoyam Eagles performed admirably at the Concord Pacific Vancouver Dragon Boat Festival to wrap their season on the weekend.

The junior paddlers narrowly missed out on the junior A title, finishing 0.2 back of the Eternal Dragons with a crew of Grade 9s and 10s. The Laoyam Falcons, meanwhile, scored the junior C title with a crew of young newcomers, primarily Grade 6s and 7s from Signal Hill Elementary.

As for the adults, the Hens and Chicks captured gold in the recreational A championship and were fifth in the women's guts & glory event.

The Bald Eagles were eighth in both the mixed competitive B division and guts & glory events. The Hugh Fish open team, with men from the Bald Eagles and boys from the juniors, were ninth in the open championship final.

The Pemberton Canoe Association will also hold an open house at One Mile Lake from noon to 2 p. m. on Sunday, July 2 to draw people out to try their boats and learn about their programs. There will also be a barbecue fundraiser for steerperson Kolton Goochey, who will attend the 2017 World Nations Dragon Boat Championships in Divonne-les-Bains, France this summer.


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