Curling, Moleschi, Nancy Greene Ski League and Snow n’ Shine: sports briefs

Updates on curling, Kayla Moleschi, Nancy Greene Ski League and the Show 'n Shine highlighted in sports brief.

Following some untimely equipment problems and the ice just being installed, the Williams Lake Curling Club’s Super League of Curling got underway in the lakecity this week.

In Tuesday’s games Williams Lake and District Credit Union got off to a great start by stealing the first five ends and cruising to a 9-5 victory.

Last year’s Super League of Curling winners, Lake City Collision, also started strong with an early 4-1 lead after four ends and continued to a 7-4 win over PMT Chartered Accountants.

The league runs every week on Tuesday evening and spectators are welcome.

Moleschi welcomed back to Canadian team for HSBC World Rugby Women’s Sevens Series

Williams Lake’s Kayla Moleschi has once again been named to Team Canada’s roster for the 2016/17 HSBC World Rugby Women’s Sevens Series, which gets underway Dec. 1-2 in Dubai.

Canada is fresh off winning a bronze medal at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic Summer Games and there are quite a few returning faces to Canada’s team including Moleschi, Ghislaine Landry, Bianca Farella, Jen Kish and Ashley Steacy.

The squad features a mix of experience and youth that will be led by head coach John Tait.

“With the start of the new Olympic cycle already underway, it’s hugely important to us to get what we currently believe is the core of the team that will be in Tokyo in 2020, working together as a group,” Tait said. “The program has evolved greatly over the last five years and it is gratifying to see the athletes we identified for the Youth Olympics, Youth Commonwealth Games and FISU 7s teams coming through and providing us with some quality depth within this new centralized group.”

In the HSBC Women’s Sevens Series’ four-year history, Canada has achieved three third-place finishes, in addition to a second-place finish during the 2014/15 season.

Canada has also won two cup titles — Amsterdam (2015) and Clermont (2016) — and is the defending Pan-Am Games gold medalist (Toronto, 2015).

The 2016/17 HSBC Women’s Sevens schedule will take Moleschi and Canada to Dubai on Dec. 1-2, Sydney, Australia on Feb. 3-4, Kitakyusyu, Japan on April 22-3, Langford on May 27-28 and Clermont on June 24-25.

The third annual HSBC Canada Women’s Sevens will be held at Westhills Stadium in Langford, B.C. on May 27-28. Early bird tickets are currently on sale and general seating opens on Monday.

 

Timberland Alpine Ski Club accepting registration for upcoming ski season

Registration is underway for the 2016/17 Timberland Alpine Ski Club’s Nancy Greene Ski League and the Timberland Racing Team.

The Nancy Greene program provides the foundation for skiing development and aims to encourage participation, interaction and the development of technical skiing skills in an exciting and motivating environment with some fun and friendly competition.

It’s hoped that through the Nancy Greene program, participants will develop long-term friendships and the desire to continue the sport of alpine ski racing.

The racing team, meanwhile, for skiers ages 10 to 13, travels to events across the region and will generally practice both Saturday and Sunday.

A typical day in the Nancy Greene Ski League will have skiers arrive at 9:30 a.m., have a snack, get their gear on, then be outside skiing with their coach and other kids at 10 a.m.

Skiers will then come in for a 40-minute lunch break sometime between 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. before heading back out on the slopes and ending the day at around 2:15 p.m.

The Nancy Greene Ski League involves 10 sessions this year beginning on Saturday, Jan. 7, 2017.

Registration is due by Nov. 30, 2016 and is $225 for the first two children and $200 for each additional child in the program. Starting Dec. 1, fees go up to $300. Lift tickets are not included in Timberland fees and must be purchased separately.

Registration and information packages are available by e-mailing timberlandskiclub@gmail.com.

Snow ‘n’ Shine this Saturday at Stampede Grounds

The Williams Lake Powder Kings Snowmobile Club is hosting a Snow ‘n’ Shine on Saturday, Nov. 5 at the Williams Lake Stampede Grounds from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

“We’re doing it a little differently this year because we want to be able to have our club members show off their machines, along with all the snowmobile dealers there and truck dealerships, too,” said WLPK director Laurie Snowball.

“We would like to encourage all snowmobilers to become members of the WLPK, because none of these projects would have been possible without our local WLPK club. Come on out and sign up for your 2016/2017 membership.  There will be a barbecue, bucket draws and door prizes.”

Then on Sunday, Nov. 27 at 1 p.m. the WLPK will also be hosting its Annual General Meeting at the Laughing Loon beginning at 1 p.m.