Whistler’s Brad Lennea is giving up the Canadina Para-Alpine Ski Team and a chance to compete at home in 2010, according to Alpine Canada.
Lennea said it was a difficult decision to make, but necessary.
“I have a problem with my back and I have been thinking about retiring for a while,” said the 36-year-old sit skier, who finished 11 th in the Paralympic downhill in Torino in 2006. “It’s really hard to deal with that and keep up a regular training and travel routine.
“Just training or competing alone is really hard on my body physically and I just kind of decided that it would be best for me to slow down and take it easy.”
Lennea could not be reached, as he was selected to be a torch bearer for the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing this week, but said he was interested in staying involved in racing.
The Para-Alpine team also announced the departure of Emily Glossop, who has guided visually impaired skier Kathleen Forestell the past four seasons. Forestell plans to keep competing.
This year the IPC Para-Alpine World Cup season wraps up in Whistler with events March 11-13.
Women’s hockey draft on Sept. 11
The Whistler Women’s Hockey League is hosting its annual draft tonight, Thursday, Sept. 11, inviting women who have some experience and are looking to join a team for the season.
The draft runs from 8 p.m. to 9:45 p.m. Sign-on is at 8 p.m., followed by drills and a scrimmage from 8:15 p.m. to 9:45 p.m. Teams will draft players from 9:15 p.m. to 9:45 p.m.
Annual fees range from $250 to $350, depending on team sponsorship, and games take place from late September to late March. All levels of players are welcome to try out, but participants should know how to skate, have a good understanding of the game, and have full equipment. There is no cost to try out.
Players should pre-register by emailing Tim Houlihan at email@example.com.
Janyk wins Alpine Canada award
Whistler’s Britt Janyk and Calgary’s Jan Hudec won Alpine Canada’s Athlete of the Year Awards last week, as both skiers won their first career World Cup races.
Hudec won gold in the downhill at Lake Louise Winterstart, while Janyk won the downhill at Aspen and finished the season ranked third.
Janyk was also solid in super-G, and was the top Canadian in the overall rankings in 12 th place. Fernie’s Emily Brydon was close behind with three podiums last season.