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Squamish mountain biker receives Premier’s Award

Squamish’s own Meghan Kindree was one of 80 athletes in 42 sports to be recognized at the 2007 Premier’s Athletic Awards this week. The top male and female in each sport participating in the B.C. Athlete Assistance Program were recognized.

Recently the government of B.C. doubled its contribution to the AAP program, to $1.4 million, through the Ministry of Tourism, Sport and the Arts.


Pipe Dream back by popular demand

Filmmaker Liam Walsh is hosting a third screening of Pipe Dream on Saturday, Feb. 17 at Millennium Place, starting at 8 p.m.

Pipe Dream follows local athletes Dan Raymond and Crispin Lipscomb for almost five years as they pursue their goal of representing Canada at the 2006 Olympic Winter Games in Torino. The film captures the progression of the athletes as they made their way onto the national team, as well as the humour and heartbreak that goes with being an elite athlete.

The film presentation is sponsored by the Whistler Arts Council as part of Celebration 2010.

Walsh says that there has been a lot of interest in the film, and that he has been fielding a call a week from other film festivals looking to include it in their lineup.


Ullr contest now well over 400 names

As the Feb. 19 deadline approaches, Whistler-Blackcomb’s If Ullr Was a Girl contest has already attracted 421 entries, with girls across Canada, North America and Europe making their case on the website.

The second phase of the contest continues on Feb. 21 when the votes are tallied, and three Amateur and three Open athletes are selected for a seven-day, six-night trip to Whistler where they will battle. The numbers will be bulked up by Whistler-Blackcomb with up to 10 more athletes, and on March 1 the website will be showcasing the finalists for another round of voting. Those votes until the close of the contest will count for one-fourth of their final marks. Other marks will be awarded during the Telus World Ski and Snowboard Festival based on their results in a big mountain event, the second annual Stompede, and a mountain culture contest where Ullr wannabes will display photography, film, art or music.

The top Open athletes will be competing for $25,000 in cash, and the top amateurs will be competing for a pro sponsorship package.