The few local athletes who competed in Sunday’s (May 12) Squamish Youth Triathlon recorded excellent finishes, as all placed within the top four of their respective age and gender categories.
Mila Wittenberg finished first for girls and second overall in the 12-to-13-year-old race, which consisted of a 250-metre swim, 4.5-kilometre bike and three-km run. Wittenberg recorded a time of 41 minutes, 45 seconds on the course. Placing second for girls in the division was fellow Whistler athlete Jennifer Lafreniere, who was also eighth overall at 46:25.
Matthias Shorter managed a third-place finish among boys in the 10-to-11 age group (150 m, 4.5 km, two km), clocking in at 28:20. Kaila Lafreniere also placed third in the girls’ division, finishing in a time of 29:16.
Felix Shorter was second in the 8-to-9 boys’ race (100 m, 4.5 km, one km), also ranking second overall among individual racers at 24:49. Tommy Lafreniere was the overall winner of the 7-and-under class, finishing his 50-metre swim, one-km cycling leg and 500-metre run in 8:39.
Get set for volleyball season
Registration for the Whistler Outdoor Volleyball Association (WOVA) is coming up shortly, and the league will host its annual preseason mixer next week to help players connect and form teams for the season.
The beach season is scheduled to kick off on June 17, with the official registration day taking place June 4.
The 2-on-2 competitive division will play on Tuesday nights at Rainbow Park, while the intermediate, co-ed 3-on-3 circuit will have matches on Thursday evenings. Two divisions of recreational 4-on-4 beach action are available for play, with games going on Monday or Friday nights. All leagues hit the courts starting at 5:45 p.m. on game nights, with each team playing two matches per evening.
Returning teams are welcome to begin reserving their spots for the upcoming season by contacting league organizer Scott Rogers. For those new to the league or looking for a new team to play with, Rogers said Tuesday’s (May 21) mixer at the Dubh Linn Gate is a perfect opportunity to find one. Attendees at the mixer will be given shirts to identify them as interested players.
“It’s a good time for people to meet, see if they like each other’s company and if they’re on the same page for the level of volleyball they want to play,” said Rogers. “If people get stoked about playing with each other, then great.”
The mixer gets underway at 6 p.m. All players must be on hand for the June 4 registration day, which also begins at 6 p.m. at the Dubh Linn Gate.
Meanwhile, this year’s WOVA Open in support of Whistler Community Services Society is planned for July 21 with 2-on-2 and 4-on-4 divisions being set up.
Gymnasts great in Delta
Whistler Gymnastics athletes have been looking strong as their season winds down, most recently recording some excellent results at the Delta Invitational competition that ran Friday to Sunday (May 10 to 12).
Amy Ertel, competing in the Level 1 Tyro class, picked up a silver medal on the balance beam and finished sixth in the all-around rankings for 2001-born gymnasts. It is Ertel’s first year of competitive gymnastics.
For Level 1 Tyros born in 2002, Ayva Spierings managed a silver medal on the beam and tied with teammate Ajah Newsome for ninth place all-around. Newsome’s fifth-place floor exercise helped her to the final standing.
Level 1 Argo (2003) athlete Skyler Williamson took a silver in vault and placed fourth on the beam, which contributed to a sixth-place all-around finish. Elle Johnston won the category’s vault event en route to 11th overall, while Tessa Juniper came through with top-12 finishes on the vault and floor.
Mali Forest finished eighth in all-around (Level 1 Argo, 2004) after finishing fourth on vault and seventh on the uneven bars.
The two-dozen gymnasts on the Whistler’s club’s competitive team have their last meet of the year in Kelowna at the end of May. The entire club will also host a year-end, circus-themed show open to all spectators on June 16 at 10:30 a.m.