Callout for aspiring sliders

Locals who have been looking for the key to get into bobsleigh and skeleton racing should circle next Thursday (Sept. 24) on their calendars. That's when the B.C. Bobsleigh and Skeleton Association (BCBSA) is teaming with Pacific Sport to host a recruitment camp in Whistler for athletes interested in entering the world of the two sliding sports.

The free physical testing session has been designed to give athletes a chance to get involved with bobsleigh or skeleton programs, and to evaluate participants for their competitive potential. The camp is scheduled to include tests of standing- and flying-start sprints, sled pulls, double-leg jumps and vertical jumping,

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The Whistler event, set for Sept. 24 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Whistler Mountain Ski Club cabin in Creekside, is one of a series of sessions set to be held throughout B.C. in September, gathering a new generation of sliders. The camps are open to athletes ages 14 and over.

Athletes who attend the camps could conceivably be selected to participate in a national push camp in Calgary and possibly qualify as brakemen for the 2010 or 2014 Olympics. Young participants could also earn a chance to qualify for the 2010 Youth Olympics in Austria, in bobsleigh for 18- and 19-year-olds and in skeleton for those 16 or 17.

For more information, check out slidebc.ca. To book a spot, write to Nicole Simon at nicole@slidebc.ca.

Correction

The Squamish Wolf Pack hockey team did not play in Whistler on Sunday (Sept. 13). Because of incorrect information from a source, incorrect scheduling information appeared in last week's edition of The Question. The next Wolf Pack game in Whistler is scheduled for Sunday, Dec. 20, at 7:15 p.m. Check out squamishwolfpack.com for more information.

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