Sports Briefs: Showcase Showdown turns 15 

Urban skateboard-themed slopestyle course set on Whistler Mountain

click to enlarge PHOTO SUBMITTED - How bout that? A Kishindo-Whistler students shows off his Tiger Balm Invitational medal.
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  • How bout that? A Kishindo-Whistler students shows off his Tiger Balm Invitational medal.

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It terms of scoring, touching the ball in the other teams try zone is worth four points, a conversion or penalty is worth two points and a drop-goal is worth one point.

Routley fine after crash

After managing a fifth place result on the first stage of the Coppi e Bartali road race in Italy, Will Routley had bad luck. A flat on the second day knocked him back in the general classification and then on the third day he made a tactical error by attacking too early on the main climb and then getting dropped.

Still, he was confident heading to Belgium for the three Days of De Panne race, which takes place on a mix of roads and cobblestone streets.

"If we can stay safe and out of trouble for the first half of the race, then it sounds like my kind of day," he wrote in his blog,

Unfortunately he didn't manage to stay out of trouble. He hit a rock early on the first day and fell.

"Luckily no serious injuries," he wrote. "I have some cuts and road rash but it's all superficial, and I'll be back at it right away at the next race. The lousy part is I was on a really good day. But, sometimes things don't always go according to plan, and fortunately there are many more days ahead."

Gymnasts, trampolinists win provincial medals

Members of the Whistler Gymnastics Storm Troupe high school team headed to Burnaby earlier this month for the provincial championships.

Keeley Wentzel led the team, competing at Level 4. She won a gold medal on the bars and placed fourth on vault and floors to finish fifth all around. Also in Level 4, Rebecca Flynn placed seventh on vault and ninth on bars to place 12th, while Carly Mann was sixth on bars and floor to place 18th. In Level 3, Charlotte Mahoney placed fourth on beam and seventh on vault to rank 10th all around. Jasmin Budge placed fifth on floor and placed 16th, while Christina Saldat and Ellie Krasny were 21st and 23rd.

The provincial artistic championships are from April 12 to 14 in Vancouver. Seven athletes from the club qualified at a trials competition earlier in the year.

In only the club's second year hosting a competitive trampoline program, the team had an amazing showing at provincials in Kelowna recently. Joe Davies and Archie Mahoney were first in Synchro Trampoline, while Mahoney also won the Double Mini competition. Davies was fifth in double mini.

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