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Whistler Gymnastics expands programs

The Whistler Gymnastics Club, bolstered by a huge turnout for its fall programs, has expanded its course offering this year to include a new rhythmic gymnastics program, as well as a Lightning Demo Team.

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The Rhythmic Gymnastics program will be coached by Jody Winstanly, a Level 2 coach who attended her first national championships at age 11 and represented Canada at the 1997 world championships in Germany.

Her demonstration with hoops, balls and ribbons at the Whistler Gymnastics year-end show blew the audience away.

The program starts on Friday, Oct. 8 and runs from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Myrtle Philip Community Centre. The cost is $70 for 10 weeks, plus $20 for Gymnastics B.C. insurance.

Tami Ross will coach the Whistler Gymnastics Lightning Demo Team, combining gymnastics skills with moves from acrobatics, dance, sport aerobics, and mini tramps.

Tami is a Level 3 Artistic Gymnastics coach, a jazz and hip hop dance instructor, and the 2000 Sport Aerobics national champion.

She hopes the team can put on performances in Whistler and possibly in other communities in B.C.

Classes start on Wednesday, Oct. 6, and will run from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Myrtle Philip. The cost is $95 for 10 weeks, plus $20 for insurance.

To take part you should be 18 years or older and want to increase your strength, flexibility, endurance, balance and gymnastics skills.

The Whistler Gymnastics High School team will start training on Tuesday, Oct. 5 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. The fall session of 10 weeks is $185, plus $20 for insurance.

For more information on any of the above programs or the Whistler Gymnastics Club, e-mail the gym at whistlergymn@unisverve.com or call 604-902-FLIP (3547).

Snowboarder takes milk money

Whistler’s Crispin Lipscomb, Canada’s top halfpipe athlete, was selected as the recipient for a $10,000 bursary from the Dairy Farmers of Canada this week.

The DFC have been presenting 20 athletes with bursaries for the past three years as part of their Pure Determination Fund. The decisions over grants are made by a DFC board in cooperation with the Canadian Olympic Committee.

With 2010 on the way, the DFC granted most of this year’s bursaries to athletes in winter sports.

The list of recipients includes freestyle aerialist Veronika Bauer and mogul skiers Pierre-Alexandre Rousseau and Stephanie St-Pierre; Fernie-based alpine skier Emily Brydon, and Nelson based snowboard cross hopeful Tom Velisek.

Lipscomb, 25, was the top Canadian on the men’s World Cup halfpipe circuit last year, and won the Ripzone Invitational Superpipe in Whistler in April.

Willies hosts one last ride

Wild Willies is hosting one last Come Ride With Us mountain bike tour before packing it for the season. Rather than try to fit one in before dark on Monday night, the ride will take place this Sunday. All abilities are welcome to take part, as participants will be broken into smaller groups based on their experience.

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