Pembertonís Pettit brothers, Sean and Callum, cleaned up at the annual Powder Magazine Powder Awards last week.
Sean Pettit placed second in the Reader Poll to Seth Morrison, and won for Best Manmade Air for his segment in Tracing Skylines by Poor Boyz Productions and Red Bull Media House.
Callum Pettit, Seanís older brother, stole the show this year with his triple cliff line in Sherpas Cinemasí Into the Mind, winning the Full Throttle award and the award for Best Line.
Whistler filmmakers also did well, with Into the Mind winning the award for Best Cinematography, and Mike Douglas and Switchback Entertainment winning Best Short for Super Mom, featuring Wendy Fisher.
Gymnasts close to qualifying for BC Games
Whistler gymnasts held their own against gymnasts from the top clubs in the Lower Mainland at the North Shore Invitational on Saturday (Dec. 14), coming up just short in their bid to compete for the coast zone at the BC Winter Games.
Hailey Jackson placed third all around in Provincial 3 Tyro, winning gold on floor and silver medals on both vault and bars. A fall on beam proved costly, with a seventh-place finish in that category bumping her back to third by just over 0.7 points.
While she didnít make the team she has been designated the official alternate for the zone team if one of the other athletes canít make it.
In Provincial 3 Novice, Gabby Flynn also just missed a spot in third place all around. She was second on vault and floor and fourth on the bars, but also had a fall on beam.
Teammate Gigi Kranjc was fifth all around, earning bronze medals on the vault and floor, and placing fifth on bars.
Canadians take two at Dew Tour
Canadaís ski slopestyle athletes got off to a strong start at the opening event of this yearís Dew Tour, the Ion Mountain Championships, with Kim Lamarre and Alex Beaulieu-Marchand winning silver medals.
In the womenís slopestyle, Dara Howell was sixth for Canada, while Pembertonís Yuki Tsubota ó closing in on a berth in the Olympics ó placed 13th. Kaya Turski, one of Canadaís top slopestyle competitors in recent years, did not compete as sheís still rehabilitating after knee surgery in the fall. None of the other men with the team made the finals.
Mike Riddle, who earned a silver medal at the opening North Face Open Park and Pipe Series event the previous weekend, led the menís halfpipe team in fourth. Whistlerís Simon DíArtois was a solid seventh, less than two points out of the top five. Noah Bowman was 10th.
Own the Podium funding increased $37M
The Own the Podium initiative, which funnels money and other resources into national sports organizations based on medal potential, has received a $37 million boost from the Canadian Olympic Committee over the next four years, 2013 to 2016.
Thatís on top of $30 million in annual funding from the federal government, plus a one-time payment of $31 million announced last January by the federal government to primarily assist winter sports athletes. The Canadian Olympic Committee also provided almost $8 million in funding over the last fiscal year, with additional grants from the Government of Ontario, Canadian Paralympic Committee and sponsorships/in-kind donations.
For the Canadian Olympic Committee, the funding increase is almost 50 per cent more than the average annual contribution to Own the Podium over the last four years.
In addition to funding national sport organizations, Own the Podium also invests in sports science and technology development, as well as national sports centres like the Canadian Sport Institute in Whistler.
Squamish biathlete in relay shocker
Canadaís international status in the sport of biathlon has been growing as of late, with top 10s and improving results at every level of international competition. Jean-Philipppe Le Guellecís gold medal at the start of last season was a first for the menís program, as well as a first for the national program since the height of Myriam Bedardís career almost two decades ago.
Another sign of the teamís improved status and depth came this week, with the womenís relay team finishing fourth in the 4x6km event at the World Cup in France. It was the best result for a womenís relay team in Canadian history.
The team included Megan Heinecke, who lives and trains part-time in Squamish when sheís not in Europe with her husband, German biathlon coach iLmar Heinecke. The result ensures Heinecke a spot in the 2014 Olympic Winter Games with the relay team, although she also has her sights set on qualifying to compete in the individual races as well.
Other members of the team were Zina Kocher, Megan Imrie and Rosanna Crawford.
LUNA hosts Dodgeball Party
Late and Unique Nighttime Alternatives (LUNA), Whistlerís alcohol-free party planners, are hosting an evening of co-ed dodgeball this Wednesday (Dec. 11) at Myrtle Philip Community Centre.
The cost of taking part is $3 for LUNA members, or $5 for non-members. The event is open to everyone, men and women, aged 18 to 35.
You can bring a team or come alone. A shuttle bus will be picking up players from Whistler Blackcomb House and the taxi loop.
There will be post-dodge snacks by Dups and Nesters, with Red Bull supplying some drinks to keep the action going.
Kokanee Valley Race Series getting underway
The eight-race Kokanee Valley Race Series gets going on Thursday, Dec. 29 with a giant slalom on Gandy Dancer/Rossís Gold on Blackcomb Mountain.
Registration is $30 if you do it online at www.whistlerblackcomb.com or in person at Whistler Blackcomb Guest Relations. Day-of-race registration is available at the Rendezvous Lodge until 9:45 a.m. for $35.
Participants will get two shots at the course, and will be ranked in their age category by their combined time.
The after party takes place at the Mountain Club in the Westin Resort and Spa starting at 3:30 p.m. with the video playback, followed by draw prizes and awards at 4 p.m.
Skiers, snowboarders and telemarkers aged 19 and older are welcome to take part in this fun and low-pressure event, which features an age spread of racers thatís over 60 years.
Future events are on Jan. 9, Jan. 23, Feb. 6, Feb. 20, Feb. 27, Mar. 13 and Mar. 20.