Mount Currie horseback archers earn silver in Korea 

Sports briefs: Sliding Centre open for public slides

click to enlarge PHOTO COURTESY OF ROBERT BORSOS - ON TARGET Robert Borsos, Audrey Ann B. Meloche, Alvin Nelson, and Zoltan Csontos celebrate their serial shot silver medal win in Chungju, South Korea.
  • Photo courtesy of Robert Borsos
  • ON TARGET Robert Borsos, Audrey Ann B. Meloche, Alvin Nelson, and Zoltan Csontos celebrate their serial shot silver medal win in Chungju, South Korea.

The Borsos Torzs Horseback Archery Club brought some hardware back to Mount Currie after the World Martial Arts Masterships in Chungju, South Korea last month.

The foursome of Whistler's Robert Borsos, Mount Currie's Alvin Nelson, Maple Ridge's Zoltan Csontos and newcomer Audrey Ann Meloche of Montreal teamed up to take silver in the serial shot competition.

Borsos explained that the indoor arena that was supposed to host the event had been damaged in a fire, so the competition was held under tents outdoors. Borsos said the team members adapted to the circumstances.

"Everything was going on. It was not perfect, but OK," he said. "We tried to do our best to survive."

The team members do not bring their own horses to international competition, instead relying on a lottery upon arrival in which they are assigned a horse.

"I was lucky enough to get the horse that I had picked, but we still had to do a lottery because a lot of people wanted that horse," Borsos said. "Every horse had three people ride it [to start], but by the end, our horse was carrying seven people because there were some injured horses."

The squad also attended competitions in South Africa, Poland, Luxembourg, Hungary, Russia, and Mongolia this year.

"What we do in Mount Currie, in a small village, in Canada, we are basically world-class athletes," Borsos said. "We can do well anywhere if we've got the right horse."

Sliding Centre hosting public slides

The Whistler Sliding Centre is kicking off the 2019-20 season with public bobsleigh starting this weekend.

On Oct. 12 and 13, the local track is offering rides beginning at 12:30 p.m. for $149 per person.

Sliders will receive an orientation and then ride down the 10 corners at speeds of roughly 125 km/h and feel acceleration of up to four G-forces.

Though no prior experience is required, participants must be at least 14 years of age.

Other early-sessions on offer include: Oct. 18 and 19 at 4:30 p.m. and Nov. 9 and 10 at 1:30 p.m.

For more information, visit www.whistlerslidingcentre.com/passengerbobsleigh.

Locals complete Mind Over Mountain Adventure Race

Three Whistlerites headed to Vancouver Island to complete the Mind Over Mountain Adventure Race on Sept. 28.

Liz Francis, Nina Harmon and Carly Janz all competed in the race in Cumberland, consisting of paddling, mountain biking and trekking.

Francis and Harmon teamed up to take 12th in the women's team of two 50-kilometre enduro race, while Janz joined with Vancouver's Marie-Eve Masse to take 29th in the women's team of two 30-km sport event.

Full results are online at www.mindovermountain.com.

Homewood ekes out Westside Wheel-Up win

There was a tight finish in the latest edition of the Westside Wheel-Up on Sept. 28.

Whistler resident Justin Homewood crossed the line just two seconds ahead of challenger Patrick McNeely to win the men's event, while Ted Russo came through in third.

Chloe Cross topped Lesley Clements and Sarah Olner in the women's contest.

As for the juniors, Matthias Shorter bested brother Felix in the junior boys event, while Lucy Horn was the lone rider in the junior girls event.

Complete results are at www.worca.com.

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