The Black Diamond Betties, Whistler's very own roller derby team, is playing its first bout this Saturday night, June 2 against the Sea to Sky Sirens, which have been competing for the past year.
The battle is being billed as "The Calamity in the Corridor," and takes place at Brennan Park Arena in Squamish. Tickets are $10 in advance at Evolution and Hempire, or $15 at the door. There's a beer garden, merchandise and a few hours of roller derby action — bumps, jumps, elbows and crashes as the team's jammers skate through all the contact while working to earn points for their teams.
Gymnasts on top at Zone Championships
The Whistler Gymnastics Club had a banner weekend at the Zone 5 Championships in North Vancouver this past weekend, with several athletes placing well in the overall and others posting their best results to date.
Gabby Flynn took her second all around win in Provincial Level 2 Tyro, this time with gold medals on vault, bars and floor and bronze medal on the beam. In the same category Hannah Peatfield placed fifth with a gold on vault (tying Flynn) and top six results on the other apparatus. Gigi Kranjc was sixth all around with a fourth place finish on beam, Cassia Jean eighth with a fourth place result on vault and Leah Brownlie 10th with an eighth place result on floor.
In Provincial Level 2 Novice, Caitlin MacConnachie placed second all around. She didn't win any gold medals, but earned silver medals on beam and floor and a bronze on the vault.
In Provincial Level 1 Argo, Katie Faerge placed eighth all around, placing sixth on bars.
In Provincial Level 1 Tyro, Charlie Jarratt just missed the all around podium in fourth place while placing first on beam. Emily Sargent was first on floor and fifth on vault to place sixth all around and Ronin Devine was sixth on floor to place seventh.
There was also a category for Kids in Progress (KIP) athletes at the pre-competitive level. They are judged like other athletes, but are awarded gold, silver or bronze in every event based on their performance.
All of the Whistler KIPs earned silver medals all around for their performances: Ajah Newsome, Kaila Lafreniere, Mali Ricard, Jaden Cote, Elle Johnston, Skyler Williamson and Ayva Spierings.
Eagles lose lead in second test
The Sea to Sky Eagles Rugby League Football Club played their second official match this past Saturday, May 26 against the Surrey Beavers.
The team lost its opener against Kelowna but outplayed the competition in the second half. They managed to take that momentum into their match against the Beavers and in the first 15 minutes had scored and converted two tries to take a 12-0 lead. The Beavers did answer back but the Eagles had the lead 12-4 at half time.