Glacier Bears break records at home-opener swim meet

A new swim club record now belongs to Luke Bakica.

The teenaged swimmer broke the seven-year-old Whitehorse Glacier Bears 200-metre breaststroke standard at the Ryan Downing Memorial Swim Meet last weekend.

Bakica, 16, swam to the record time late in the day Saturday during the mixed final.

He was the fastest seeded swimmer in the event and finished in 2:39.04.

Whitehorse Glacier Bears head coach Malwina Bukszowana said that the event is likely his best, much to Bakica’s chagrin.

“He doesn’t believe it,” she said. “Everyone wants to swim sprint, but I think his best event is 200 breast.” (more…)


Yukon Election: NDP

For the Yukon election, I was stationed at the NDP party for the night.



Supervolley champions crowned

Coach Mike Kelly has three weeks to figure out how to get his F.H. Warriors senior boys volleyball players to play as a team.

“It feels like our team is just a lot of really great individual players that can’t play together as a team,” said Kelly following Friday night’s loss to the Porter Creek Rams. “I don’t really know what to do.” (more…)


Courts set for supervolley finals

It will be a battle between F.H. Collins and Porter Creek Secondary Schools for Supervolley supremacy.

In the semifinals last night at Porter?Creek Secondary School (PCSS), the F.H.?Collins lady Warriors won 3-1 against the Vanier Catholic School Crusaders to win a berth in tonight’s final against PCSS.



Huge honour for Paralympian Stephanie Dixon

She jumps into the water of lane four at the Water Cube – Beijing’s National Aquatic Centre – for the Paralympic S8 100-metre backstroke final at the 2008 Paralympics.

Stephanie Dixon, the reigning world record-holder in the event, grips the starting block with both her hands and places her left foot high on the wall.

The eight swimmers from across the world are prompted to take their marks.?Their bodies tense, waiting to explode off the wall.

The starting beep sounds, the Water Cube fills with cheers, muted as Dixon fires off the wall, dolphin-kicking and humming to keep water out of her nose.

She emerges second from the water, arms windmilling in complete unison.



World Judo Day

For World Judo Day, local judokas took part in a class at the Canada Games Centre.
I took advantage of the large venue to get up high to offer a different perspective of the class.


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