The inaugural Whistler Dragon Boat Festival, June 28-29, is officially a fundraiser for the Whistler Adaptive Sports Program (WASP). Water’s Edge, which is planning the festival, will donate all proceeds from its beer garden to WASP’s paddling programs.
For the past three years, WASP has worked with Captain Holidays and other to introduce adaptive kayaking and paddling to people with disabilities, and this year will offer the opportunity to use outrigger canoes and dragon boats through the Pemberton Paddling Club.
The Whistler Dragon Boat Festival expects up to 30 teams to take part in 200 metre, 500 metre and 1,000 metre races on Alta Lake, based out of Rainbow Park. Water’s Edge is providing all the boats, paddles and life jackets, as well as coaches for local teams entering the local challenge.
For more information on the festival or to register a team, visit www.whistlerdragonboat.com.
Riess selected for B.C. Summer Games
Pemberton’s Kai Riess, 15, was selected to represent Zone 5 in the upcoming B.C. Summer Games in Kelowna.
Riess has won three triathlons in a row this year, including the recent Kids of Steel race hosted by the Whistler Triathlon Club. He also competed in the North Shore Triathlon and the Squamish Kids of Steel.
Riess will compete in three events: a duathlon (1 km run, 5 km bike, 1 km run), an aquathlon (300 metre swim, 1 km run), and a triathlon (400 metre swim, 15 km bike, and 3 km run).
Squamish BMX hosts three race series
The newly created Squamish BMX Racing Club is hosting a series of three races on June 7, 14 and 29 at the new track next to the Brennan Park Recreation Centre. Daily registration is at 10 a.m.
Gate practices take place every Monday through the summer, and an additional race is planned for Aug. 31.
The June 7 race was also part of the provincial championship series, and double points were awarded to participants that can be used to enter provincial and national level competitions. With the inclusion of BMX in the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, there has been a resurgence of interest in BMX racing.
For more information on Squamish BMX, visit www.squamishbmx.com.
Hotels tee off in Beds and Balls Invitational
Local hotels are invited to Big Sky Golf and Country Club today, June 12, to take part in the Beds and Balls tournament. The goal of the tournament is to give hotel employees a chance to play the local course, and engage each other in a friendly competitions. Some 130 participants are expected, with a shotgun start and scramble format. Registration starts at 2:30 p.m. and the shotgun start is at 3:30 p.m.