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Sports Briefs: Youth football teams on a roll



Both the Whistler Saints and Sea to Sky Titans are on a roll at the start of the North Shore Football League regular season and remain undefeated, while the Minor League Titans are continuing to struggle.

The Whistler Saints play in the Flag Football League, which is open to youths aged eight and nine years old. It's a non-contact league with nine players on a smaller field. They are now 2-0 after besting the North Vancouver Packers over the weekend. Dane Kirkegaard scored on the opening drive, and touchdowns were added later by Trenton Schumann and Liam Forsyth. Beynon McKeen and Sabin Feagan-Dixon each added a two-point conversion. Josh McKenzie made a key interception as well en-route to a 22-6 win.

The Sea to Sky Titans play in Pee Wee, which is a full-contact league that plays by NFL rules for youths aged 10 and 11. They now have a record of 2-0-1 this season after beating the North Vancouver 49ers 20-16 in a come-from-behind victory. Devon Bailey had a touchdown and two-point conversion, and Luke Haasen scored the game-winner, while quarterback Adam Klimchuck-Brown added a pair of two-point conversions.

One tier up in the Minor Division for players aged 12 and 13, the Sea to Sky Titans are still looking for their first win after losing 43-18 against the North Vancouver 49ers on Sunday. Hunter Vernor returned the opening kickoff for the touchdown and Jack Forsyth and Hunter Vernor added touchdowns late in the game, but the hole was too deep at that point to climb out.

Walk-A-Mile supports Women's Centre

The average person can walk a mile in around 20 minutes, but try it in stilettos. This Sunday, Sept. 23 is the third annual Walk-A-Mile in Her Shoes event, hosted by the Whistler Children's Centre. The event, which is held around North America, was created to raise awareness of issues such as rape, sexual assault and gender violence, while raising money to assist women that are victims of abuse.

The event encourages men to walk a mile in women's shoes, raising money for the Howe Sound Women's Centre and the newly created Whistler Women's Centre at the Whistler Community Services Society.

To take part, men can meet at Moguls Café in the village at 10 a.m. The walk starts at 11 a.m., followed by prizes and refreshment. Participants are asked to collect pledges for their walk, and bring along friends and family.

Nanaimo's Smith makes history at World Cup Finals

Nanaimo's Steve Smith built on his third place finish at the World Championships with his first ever World Cup win at the finals in Hafjell, Norway. With consistent results all season, he finished the year ranked fourth overall.

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