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Ski jumpers appeal ruling


A group of female ski jumpers is appealing a B.C. Supreme Court ruling that upholds the International Olympic Committee decision not to include their sport in the 2010 Winter Games.

Following the ruling the ski jumpers had their lawyers review the case to see if there are grounds for an appeal, and on Thursday, July 16 lawyer Ross Clark submitted the paperwork to the courts.

The ski jumpers allege that they are being discriminated against by the Vancouver Organizing Committee (VANOC), which they claim is an agent of the federal and provincial governments that is bound by the Charter of Rights and Freedoms - and specifically to a section of the Charter that makes it illegal for governments to discriminate against a racial group or gender when funding amenities like sports facilities.

The Supreme Court ruling did agree that VANOC is acting in a government capacity that's bound by the Charter, as well as acknowledge that the exclusion of female ski jumpers was discriminatory. However, Supreme Court Justice Lauri Ann Fenlon said the discrimination was on behalf of the International Olympic Committee and not VANOC, while only the IOC has the power to give an event Olympic sanctioning.

According to Clark, interviewed by CTV, "(VANOC) cannot host events on Canadian soil that implement discrimination," regardless of the fact that the decision was made by the IOC.

There's no word as to when the appeal could be heard, but Deedee Corriandi, president of Women's Ski Jump-USA and spokesperson for the jumpers, said they have requested a quick resolution because of the tight timeframe. However, she also says that VANOC can accommodate the jumpers on short notice, and that her group will not give up until they are included in the Games.

Titus's Knee Knacker record falls

The record for the Knee Knackering North Shore Trail Run was held by Whistler's Kevin Titus for five years, but on his second attempt at the 48 km course Aaron Heidt managed to break that record by more than two minutes. Titus finished in 4:42:37 in 2003, while Heidt came in at 4:39:52 last weekend.

Heidt, who has moved from Squamish to the Interior, also holds the record in the 25 km Comfortably Numb Trail Run and annual Lumpy's Epic Run in Pemberton. At the end of August Heidt and his partner - 2009 Comfortably Numb winner Adam Campbell - are heading to Colorado for the TransRockies, a 113-mile, six-stage run with over 8,000 metres in elevation gain.

From Whistler, Walter Wallgram placed 27 th overall and third in the men's 50 to 59 age category in 6:25:15.