Every second season the Whistler Skating Club hosts another themed gala evening where all of their skaters get to perform in groups and their solo routines. The club also brings in guest skaters, and this year is no exception, with national level skater Gary Wong taking to the ice.
The theme for this year's show is Hollywood, and there are three performances open to parents, friends and the public. The first show is on Friday, May 1 at 7 p.m. and there are two shows on Saturday, at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors and students and $5 for children aged three to nine.
Tickets will be available at the door.
To help cover costs, the Whistler Skating Club is also holding a raffle, with prizes that include a 2009-2010 Whistler Blackcomb Season Pass, a Vermont Castings Barbeque, a "Mom's Day Off" gift basket, a "Dad's Gift Pack" and more. Tickets are three for $5 or $2 each and are available at Double Diamond Law, Mountain Law, Squamish Athletic Club, Whistler Physiotherapy, Whistler Real Estate Company, and through WSC members. The draw date is May 11.
Team Whistler back at it
Team Whistler road riders has been very active over the past month, taking part in spring series races hosted by the Team Escape Velocity Cycling Club. This past Saturday was the Atomic Race Course, which is a tough race with three hill climbs per lap and 10 laps to the finish.
Tony Routley and Mike Charuk managed to stay with the lead pack in the B category, with Routley placing sixth in the mass sprint to the finish - his second-best result this season after placing fifth in the second event. Charuk would have placed 20 th by a few bike lengths but he was already disqualified for a yellow line infraction. In the A race, Mike Boehm pulled out after eight laps.
On Sunday the team mixed it up a little by switching road bikes with mountain bikes for the first Squamish Off Road Cycling Association event of the season. Future SORCA races will be on Wednesday nights, as usual.
A touch of rugby
For years Whistler has fielded a rugby team that takes part in summer tournament and exhibition games against teams from the Lower Mainland. But this summer - with enough support - Mark Baldwin is hoping to establish a fun touch league as well. The rules are similar to rugby, as players run forward with the ball and pass it backwards to their teammates until a player is touched by an opposing player. The player then stops, touches the ball to his/her foot and resumes play until someone drops a ball, bumps a ball forward while catching it, passes the ball forward, runs out of bounds or runs out of field. It's a great workout, and something actual rugby players do to get into competitive condition.