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Sports briefs: Zeglinski hits top five of Polish stage race

Whistler rider wins masters division in another solid European outing Sports briefs
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Whistler's Cathy Zeglinski rides to a top-five finish in the Beskidy MTB Trophy Race in Poland.

Whistler’s Cathy Zeglinski recently wrapped up another impressive multi-stage mountain bike race over in Europe, finishing fifth among all female riders in the Beskidy MTB Trophy Race held in Poland.

Zeglinski also placed first in the women’s masters division of the event, clocking in at 19 hours, 58 minutes, 46 seconds at the end of Sunday’s (June 2) fourth and final stage.

The local doctor was also 114th out of 475 cyclists overall who started the event, with many struggling to record a final result.

“The race is notorious as very difficult, so it is considered a challenge by many just to finish,” Zeglinski said in a message to The Question, as one-third of the women who started the event were unable to finish.

The event was put on by the same organizers as the Sudety MTB Challenge Zeglinski competed in last summer in the Czech Republic and Poland, where she finished third in the solo women’s category.

Zeglinski was able to earn the high finish over the four days of the Beskidy race despite some stiff, professional competition.

“The top six women have impressive credentials … so it was a tough race,” she said.

In addition, the conditions made riding extremely tough, so much that Zeglinski said it was well beyond one of the most difficult Sea to Sky races of last season.

“Europe is having a terrible spring and due to the mud bogs, it was a suffer-fest,” she said. “Worse than the Test of Metal last year (three times over).”

Zeglinski said the event was good prep for the upcoming TransRockies stage race, at which she’ll partner up with Australia’s Jodie Willett.

“We are riding for the women’s team win!” she said.

Nicklaus North pros playing 24 hours straight

Michael Zuccolin and Andrew Smart will be redefining what it means to have a full day of golf in Whistler next week.

The two CPGA professionals from Nicklaus North Golf Course will be playing as many holes as possible in 24 consecutive hours at their club starting Monday (June 10) to participate in the PGA of B.C. Golfathon for ALS.

Zuccolin and Smart will tee off at 5:30 p.m. Monday and continue playing straight through until 5:30 on Tuesday (June 11), hoping to raise awareness for ALS and garner donations for the ALS Society of B.C.
Nicklaus North is one of 40 courses across the province that will be participating in the golfathon over the next month. However, Zuccolin and Smart are the only B.C. pros who are planning to complete a 24-hour golfathon.

ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, is a fatal neurodegenerative disorder impacting motor skills that typically immobilizes affected individuals within two to five years of diagnosis. Visit www.golfathonforals.ca to pledge a donation to the Nicklaus North pros’ cause.

Locals named to ski cross team

Alpine Canada released the national men’s and women’s ski cross team rosters last week, which once again will include Whistler residents Marielle Thompson and Dave Duncan. The seven-man, four-woman squad will be looking to bounce back from a difficult 2012-13 season in which it was unable to secure the Nations’ Cup title for a fifth year in a row.

Thompson, the 2012 World Cup women’s champ, is the only member of the team who is provisionally pre-qualified for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. The upcoming World Cup campaign will get underway in December at Nakiska, Alta.

Local gymnasts end season on high note

Whistler Gymnastics athletes wrapped up their competitive season by securing a number of top results at Kelowna’s Ogopogo Invitational over the weekend, and will soon put their skills on display for a home crowd.

Whistler’s Gabby Flynn won the all-around bronze medal in Level 3 competition for 2001 girls. Flynn scored top marks on the vault and floor, and also finished second on the bars to earn the third-place finish. Gigi Kranjc placed 11th in all-around competition after top-six finishes on the beam and floor.

Hailey Jackson also finished third all-around in her Level 3 (2002) competition, capturing first-place scores on the vault and floor and a silver on bars. Whistler coach Karin Jarratt noted that all three of the club’s Level 3 athletes took on very difficult routines at the meet and were very impressive.

Level 2 gymnasts from Whistler found similar success, as Caleigh Lamont and Hannah Peatfield shared the all-around podium after placing second and third, while Cassia Jean finished fourth in the 2000 division.

Lamont had top-three finishes on the floor, bars and vault. Peatfield took top spot on the beam and second in floor exercise, while a second-place vault result was part of a consistent meet for Jean. Leah Brownlie placed 10th for the Whistler team in all-around competition, and teammate Charlie Jarratt did not compete in all events but had a best result of ninth on the uneven bars.

Whistler’s Jennifer Lafreniere (2001) and Katie Faerge (2002) each had top-16 all-around results in their Level 2 circuits, with Lafreniere’s fifth-place beam finish being her best and Faerge earning a seventh-place showing on bars.

Amy Ertel led Whistler’s Level 1s with a notable first-place finish on the floor, part of a 10th-place all-around finish in 2001 competition. Ayva Spierings (2002) finished second on the uneven bars and fourth on the beam to wind up seventh overall. The club’s younger athletes also had strong results, as Tessa Juniper (2003) had top-10 beam and vault finishes; Mali Forest (2004) earned a silver on the floor exercise while placing eighth all-around, and was joined by Kaila Lafreniere in the top 10 overall. In 2005 competition, Andrea Vazquez-Vela earned a gold award on the floor plus an all-around silver award. Whistler’s Annie Sproule and Mardi Williamson also picked up all-around silver awards, and Gabby Collins earned bronze.

Whistler Gymnastics concludes the season with a Father’s Day display, hosting the circus-themed Under the Big Top at the Oros Whistler Gymnastics Centre at 10:30 a.m. on June 16. Admission to the local athletes’ performance is by donation.

Dragon boaters dominate school meet

Pemberton’s youth dragon boat paddlers continue to look very strong in early-season competition, most recently dominating the B.C. School Championships that wrapped up Saturday (June 1).

With about 85 student paddlers manning four different crews at the event in Burnaby, Pemberton boats were the ones to beat in both elementary and high school racing despite using split squads, not A and B teams.

At the high school level, Pemberton’s Laoyam Eagles took top spot and the Laoyam Falcons finished third. The athletes on those crews helped coach Signal Hill Elementary students that formed two teams in the Grade 6/7 divisions. The Signal Hill squads finished first and second.

Eagles boats are back in the water this weekend for Sunday’s (June 9) Dragon Zone 500 m Regatta.

Mercer shows no mercy at 4 x 4 rally

Ryan Mercer edged defending champ Justin Davies for the overall title during Saturday and Sunday’s (June 1 and 2) 34th annual 4 x Fun Weekend, hosted at the Green River Motocross Park by the Pemberton Off Road Rebels.

Mercer clinched the overall title on Sunday by winning the all-terrain race, the last event of the weekend. Mercer completed the course in three minutes, nine seconds, which was nearly 10 seconds faster than the nearest competitor. Mercer also ranked second in the mud bog and placed eighth in both the rally race and hill climb.

Davies had a number of consistent finishes during the weekend but wound up 31 points back of Mercer in the overall standings. Davies’s best result came in Saturday’s hill climb, which he completed in 11.85 seconds to finish third.

Chris Dimma finished third overall, while Chris Greenlees and Kirk Frost rounded out the top five.

Among other individual event winners on the weekend were Glenn Klaussen, who captured top spot in the rally race; Jason Fraser, who won the hill climb by finishing in 10.94 seconds; and Nick Antonelli, who made it through the mud pit in 12.66 seconds to place first.


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