Sports Briefs 

King of the Rail this weekend

The third of four-scheduled King of the Rail competitions takes place this Saturday evening, Feb. 19, with another rail jam at the base of Whistler Mountain.

The event is open to skiers and snowboarders of all ages, and is judged by the athletes themselves.

Registration starts at 5 p.m. at Showcase Snowboards, with a mandatory competitor meeting at 5:45 p.m. The jam competition, which includes a few different line choices, runs from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., at which point the votes are tallied and the top skiers and riders in each category are named.

The cost is $15 to take part, and the winners from each category can win prize money based on the number of participants in their category. As well, all of the participants are eligible to win draw prizes from sponsors at Showcase, Burton, Atomic, Nintendo, Telus, DNA and more.

Helmets are mandatory, and minors need a waiver signed by a parent or a guardian. Mouthguards and other protective gear are recommended.


Skating club in the medals at Pacific StarSkate Championships

The Whistler Skating Club had a successful trip to Delta, where they took place in a qualifier for the Pacific StarSkate Championships in March.

Rebekah Robertson, the club's most senior athlete, placed first in the Senior Silver Ladies category, earning a spot in the provincials on Mar. 4.

In Preliminary Ladies, Jandzeela Tompkins was fifth in her group, while Lydia Robertson placed sixth in a different group.

In Pre-Preliminary Ladies, once again competing in different groups, Caitlin Patterson was fifth and Jordynn Anderson sixth.

As well, the club brought along newer athletes that compete in the Performance Program. Athletes at that level are given a gold, silver or bronze based on their skating. Maggie Herron, in her first ever competition, won the silver.

Athletes winning bronze include first-timers Georgia Strim, Olivia Hutchinson, Lily MacConnachie and Brennan Riddle, as well as Arabella Ng, Sarah Cull and Eme Leigh.

Next up for the club is the annual Spring Fling in Vancouver.

The team has also started rehearsals for their annual skate show, held every two years. The event will take place in May with the theme Cirque-Ice.


Whistler relay details announced

It's been common knowledge since November that the annual Haney 2 Harrison relay and ultra run was moving to Whistler, but this week some new details on the competition have been released by B.C. Athletics.

The event, which runs on Saturday, Nov. 5, is now called the Whistler 50 Relay and Ultra, and will feature a 50-mile (80 km) course. You can do the course as an eight-member relay, or as a solo runner.

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