Zemery Foster may be a prairie boy by birth, but after three years in Whistler, he's a mountain man through and through.
Foster, originally from Regina, Sask., clinched the 17-18 UCI junior sport men's BC Cup downhill title after the season's final race at Mount Washington on Sept. 17.
Foster won twice this season, at Kicking Horse and Sun Peaks, while placing second in the last event of the season to bolster his case.
Even more impressive was that this marked Foster's first year of racing.
"My coach (Rhys Ellis) helped me out a lot with my riding style. Having that good placing got me really excited to get on the bike," he said.
Foster said getting his first victory, at Sun Peaks in July, was the most memorable moment of the season as he was "amazed at (himself)" for pulling out the fastest time in the group.
"I treated it like it was another run and just had fun with it. That's what I always try to do," he said.
Melamed hurt in training
Local enduro rider Jesse Melamed has had a memorable season, but with 2017's final Enduro World Series race looming, it'll end on a low note.
The Whistlerite, currently fifth in the pro men's standings, crashed while training for the eighth and final event of the campaign in Finale Ligure, Italy and will not compete this weekend.
Melamed posted a heartbroken Instagram picture on Sept. 25, which said:
"I feel like I need to say sorry. I'm sure we all had a lot higher expectations than to crash out in training. I'm pretty devastated but it could have been worse and glad I'm ok. Hairline fractured humerus, fractured rib, fractured vertebra wing, contused lung, possible concussion. A lot of damage but all relatively short healing I've been told. I'll be ready to train my ass off for 2018 soon enough, can't wait!"
Whistler Sport Legacies marks Coaches Week
National Coaches Week is here and Whistler Sport Legacies is marking the occasion with a number of clinics offered in partnership with Viasport.
This Thursday, Sept. 28 and Friday, Sept. 29 will see Coaching and Leading Effectively offered here at the Whistler Athletes' Centre (WAC), which will host Psychology of Performance and Making Ethical Decisions workshops on Saturday, Sept. 30. Lastly, Sunday, Oct. 1 will welcome Leading Drug-Free Sport and Prevention and Recovery events. There will also be a conflict management event on Tuesday, Oct. 3.
Squamish's Brennan Park Recreation Centre will also host classes, with nutrition and Basic Mental Skills programming on Friday, Designing a Basic Sport Program on Saturday and Planning a Practice on Sunday.
Coaches are also invited to a coaches' appreciation night at the WAC on Sept. 29 from 7 to 9 p.m. with an RSVP.
To register for any programs, contact Tami Mitchell at firstname.lastname@example.org.
More information, including times, costs and further programming this fall is available at http://www.whistlersportlegacies.com/sport/coachesofficials-development/coaches-week-2017-workshops-programming.