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Squash League looking for casual players

The Whistler Squash Club is getting ready to start its 2005-06 season and is looking for some Level 5 players to round out the league’s 14 teams. Level 5 players, according to league organizer Ben Thomas, are not beginners but new players and amateurs that can at minimum serve and return a serve.

"All we ask is they can hit the ball and have a general idea of the rules. We can show them more and help them along as the season goes on, but this is a good way to get more involved in squash in an easy, fun and low pressure way," said Thomas. Players can even borrow Meadow Park racquets if needed, although most players will end up owning a racquet after a few weeks.

The league is always looking for Level 5 players as many of the athletes move up to Level 4 or even Level 3 as their skills improve over the course of the season.

There will be no Level 6 category in the league this year for absolute beginners, but Meadow Park will start a coached Level 6 league in November for all newcomers to the sport. Check the bulletin boards at Meadow Park for more information.

The season starts on Oct. 10, and the Level 5 players will play matches on Sundays from 4:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. weekly. The league wraps up in March.

All Level 5 players will be assigned to teams, which include Level 1 through 4 players. More experienced players are also invited to join the league, and if rosters are full they can be used as substitutes.

For more information, contact Ben Thomas at , or 604-935-1847.

Rochon makes the cut

Whistler’s Diana Rochon has coached countless athletes to new levels of performance over the years, from runners to skiers to triathletes, and is one of the most highly certified trainers in town.

Now Rochon has the opportunity to bring her own skills to a higher level after being selected as one of 100 finalists for the Fitness Apprentice Hunt.

Based on Donald Trump’s show, the Fitness Apprentice Hunt was created by renowned fitness trainers Juan Carlos Santana and Phil Kaplan of the Institute of Human Performance in Miami. Although they work with a lot of people from diverse backgrounds, Santana and Kaplan also coach professional athletes in a variety of sports and are two of the most highly certified trainers in the U.S.

From the short list of 100 finalists, Santana and Kaplan will bring 10 trainers to the institute for a two-day session testing knowledge and fitness. At the end of the two days, they will select the most promising candidates as apprentices, who will receive a year of paid employment and training through IHP and Fitness 21.