Slo-Pitch team returns to nationals 

The Powder Mountain Snowcats Baseball Team, an all-star team of top players from the Whistler league

The Powder Mountain Snowcats Baseball Team, an all-star team of top players from the Whistler league, is returning to the co-ed Canadian Slo-Pitch National Championships to defend their title in the ‘A’ category.

The championships take place in Calgary from Sept. 1-5, with teams from across Canada taking part.

The PMS Team is holding a fundraiser golf tournament this Monday, Aug. 29 at Nicklaus North Golf Course. The format is "scramble" (team best ball) and the games get underway with a shotgun start at 2:30 p.m. The cost is $125 per person, including use of practice facilities, green fees, and dinner at the Den. All proceeds will go towards the slo-pitch team.

The Powder Mountain team began representing Whistler at tournaments several years ago, starting out in ‘D’ provincials and moving up to second place in the co-ed ‘B’ Nationals in 2003. From there the team advanced to the ‘A’, where they won the title in 2004.

Whistler’s 2005 team is led by Josee Francoeur, Meaghan Thomas, Jay Barley and Jeff MacLean. The players are Berto Corso, Josee Francoeur, Mikki Sketcher, Meaghan Thomas, Jeannie MacLaughlin, Karen Thomas, Krysty Day, Jeffery MacLean, Jay Barley, Terry Wilms, John Dancy, Cory Van Warmer, Jamie Krocker and Bobby Priest.

To play in the golf tournament, contact Nicklaus North at 604-938-9898. The team is also looking for $250 hole sponsors to help cover traveling and lodging expenses. Contact Jeff MacLean at 604-932-6056 for details.

Sledge arena supporters host ball hockey tournament

Whistler residents in support of building a Paralympic sledge hockey arena in town, rather than sending the facility to Squamish, are making their presence felt. They’re writing letters to the editor, attaching bumper stickers to their vehicles, and, this Saturday (Aug. 27) hosting a ball hockey tournament for arena supporters.

The tournament is open to anyone with a hockey stick, and will run from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Spruce Grove parking lots.

Groups hosting Pemberton bike ride

The Big Smoke Restaurant and Big Brothers-Big Sisters of Whistler-Pemberton are hosting a bike ride on Wednesday, Aug. 31. The cost is $2 to enter, with proceeds going to BBBS, while the Big Smoke will be providing the post-race food and refreshments.

Interested riders should meet at the gravel pit at the base of Ivy Lake Road at 5:30 p.m. for a 6 p.m. start.

According to the organizers it is not a race, but a casual ride to raise awareness of BBBS and showcase local trails.

NorWesters host Whistler training camp

The top cross-country runners from high schools around the province are converging in Whistler this week for a training camp from Aug. 26 to 31. This is the third time that the NorWesters Track and Field Club have come to Whistler to train with coaches like Frank Reynolds, a Level 4 distance coach.

This year’s camp sold out in the first month, and includes many of the top runners from the high school championships, as well as members of the NorWesters.

Most of the training sessions will take place on Lost Lake Park trails, but one day will be spent running in the alpine of Whistler Mountain.

Triathlon club hosts Kids of Steel

The Whistler Triathlon Club is hosting a Kids of Steel race on Oct. 1 for runners aged 8 to 16, and older. The distances for each leg are determined by age group, and the event will start in the pool at Meadow Park rather than a local lake.

Even with little training, "most kids are fit enough to finish a Kids of Steel triathlon and have fun at the same time," said Christine Suter, of the triathlon club.

Simon Whitfield, the 2000 Olympic gold medalist and 2005 Canadian Champion, got his start in Kids of Steel triathlons, which have been held around the province for decades.

The organizers are looking for athletes and volunteers to help on race day.

The cost is $30 until Aug. 31, then goes up to $35. Race day insurance of $5 is also required if participants aren’t TriBC members.

The entry fee includes a free water bottle and a ticket to the post-race picnic, as well as a chance to win prizes.

For kids 8-11, the course includes a 100-metre pool swim (four laps), a 4.5 km bike and 1.5 km run. For kids 12-13 it’s a 300 m swim, 10 km bike and 3 km run. For kids 14 and up the race includes a 500 m swim, a 14 km bike and 4 km run.

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