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The Year in Sports

From high fives to the World Cup podium

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Mar. 30-Apr. 2 — Locals take part in Baja Travesia adventure race. Jen Segger’s team Dart-NUUN wins the overall, while Team Helly Hansen (Megan Rose, Gary Robbins) finished an unranked second after their kayaks were smashed up by high seas.

April

Apr. 6-8 — Whistler athletes take part in B.C. Freestyle Championships. Medals for Yuki Tsubota, Jae Woo Choi, and Brenden Kelly.

Apr. 7-8 — WMSC host annual Whistler Cup juvenile races. Richard Long of Ontario leads Canadian team to first ever Nations Cup title.

Apr. 13-20 — Whistler hosts the World Snowboarding Open and World Skiing Invitational as part of the Telus World Ski and Snowboard Festival. Too many results to mention, but congratulations to Matt Belzile and Craig Beaulieu for dominating in the snowboard events.

Apr. 13-15 — Will Routley is on the podium twice in road racing, placing third in Tahuya Seabeck race and first in the Harris Roubaix B.C. Cup.

Apr. 18 — Grete Eliassen wins If Ullr Was A Girl contest, then donates $25,000 first prize to charities. Angie Seeley of Sun Peaks was the top amateur.

Apr. 17-19 — World’s top ski mountaineering athletes show up for the Whistler Backcountry Freeride Jam. Killian Jornet Burgada and Manuel Perez of Spain on top.

Apr. 28 — WORCA bike swap sells more than $73,000 in bikes and gear, raising $7,672 for youth programs — minus almost $1,200 paid to one owner who had his bike stolen.

Apr. 28 — Nicola Halliwell stuns Whistler Gymnastics by placing first overall in the Provincial Level 2 Open category with all around consistent performances, and medals on bars and beam.

Apr. 30 — Canada unveils new sport development program that will be adapted to all sports.

May

May 5-6 — Robert’s Creek Rat Race kicks off B.C. Cup mountain bike series. Podiums went to Jennifer Tabbernor, Lesley Clements, Trevor Hopkins, Mike Charuk, Bob Allison, David Thornhill, Gary Baker, Nick Geddes and Kerry-Anne Hamilton in cross-country, and Alex Prochazka and Tyler Allison in downhill.

May 6 — Vancouver Marathon and Half Marathon. Kevin Mair was top local runner going the full distance, placing 97 th overall and seventh in age category.

May 12 — Squamish hosts first Mind Over Mountain Adventure Race on a 45 km course. Top local results include Todd Nowarck and Gary Robbins in the team category, Duncan Munro placing fourth in the solo race, Megan Rose placing first in team-of-two co-ed, Lina Augaitis placing first in team-of-four co-ed.

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