Sports briefs 

Freestyle team takes on province

The Whistler Blackcomb Freestyle Ski Club took on the rest of the province last weekend at the B.C. Super Youth Freestyle Ski Challenge at Silver Star Mountain Resort - the third and final provincial series competition this season.

Athletes competed in moguls, dual moguls and big air.

In the 10-year-old group Sofiane Gagnon placed second for Whistler with teammate Mackenzie Wilson third.

Seth McGregor placed third in the men's nine-year-old category.


Freeskiers on top of junior championships

Members of the Whistler Freeride Club headed to Crystal Mountain in Washington last weekend to take part in the U.S. Junior Freeskiing National Championships.

Camilla Loughlin placed first in the Girls 15 to 17 category, while Conor MacDonald placed third in Boys 15 to 17. Tom Peiffer was 10 th in Boys 12 to 14 and Sean MacDonald 14 th in the same category.

Coaches for the group were Jen Ashton, a former world freeski champion, and Ryan Prentice.


Adventure race registration is now underway

This is the year of the adventure race for Sea to Sky with the Callaghan Winter Sports Club recently combining their Woppet cross country race with the first mountain bike Loonie Race of the season hosted by the Squamish Off-Road Cycling Association. There's also the return of the Mind Over Matter Adventure Race to Squamish in May, the B.C. Bike Race passing through in early July and the Xterra Canadian Championships taking place in Whistler in September.

Next up is the Mind Over Mountain Adventure Race, which is taking place in Squamish on May 22. This is the fourth year for the Squamish event, which offers two courses - a 50 km enduro course and a 30 km sport course. Both feature trail running, bushwacking, wayfinding/orienteering and mountain biking, while the Enduro racers will also have a rappelling section.

The Enduro is open to solo racers, teams of two and teams of four, while the Sport event is for teams of two only.

Professional adventure racer, endurance athlete and personal trainer Jen Segger will be setting the course once again, based out of the Quest University campus.

Early registration is available for $147 per person until April 22, then will go up another $15.75. The price goes up another $15.75 the day before the competition.

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Yoga conference arrives in June

Given the number of teachers and studios, Whistler probably boasts one of the highest per capita concentrations of yoga instructors and yoga practitioners in Canada, if not the world - making it an ideal venue for the Whistler Yoga Conference from June 4 to 6.

Organized by Glenn Iles of Whistler Wellness and local instructor Tanya Di Valentino, the conference will bring 20 instructors and workshop leaders to town from across North America, spending three days with up to 300 students. There are several workshops for yoga instructors, although you don't have to be a teacher or even an experienced Yogi to take part.

Every evening there will be celebrations, including Kirtan chanting, spritual singing and yoga dance.

The event is being hosted at the Hilton Whistler Resort and Spa. Packages - not including accommodation or meals - start are $280.

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