Previously a medallist at the world championships for dragon boating, Pemberton’s Aleea Dahinden is also now a podium finisher at the world level for outrigger canoe racing.
Dahinden won a bronze medal in the 500-metre V1 (singles) U19 race Monday (Aug. 13) at the World Va’a (Outrigger) Sprint Championships, finishing behind a pair of New Zealand paddlers for the first medal earned by the Pemberton youth contingent in Calgary for the regatta.
“When I crossed over, I wasn’t even sure how I had placed but everyone came up and said: ‘We think you got third.’ I was really happy,” said Dahinden. “It felt like a really big accomplishment to do that by myself in a boat. I’m used to doing it in a dragon boat with a lot of other people, so to be able to do it by myself, I’m pretty proud of that.”
Dahinden, 17, finished her finals heat in a time of two minutes, 52.94 seconds, which put her less than four seconds behind the winner. She was the only paddler from outside New Zealand to finish in the top five.
Meanwhile, Pemberton’s Hugh Fisher picked up a gold medal in the senior master men’s V1 500-m race on Monday as well. The two-time Olympic medallist blew the field away in his final, finishing in 2:26.47 for more than a four-second margin of victory.
The event was ongoing as of Wednesday (Aug. 15) but final results were not available at press time. See next week’s edition of The Question on Aug. 23 for a complete wrap of the event.
Ballerina beat by younger brother
Ballerina DMV of Pemberton’s Dreamcatcher Meadows was upstaged by her own younger half-brother on Saturday (Aug. 11) at the Spokane Sporthorse Dressage Spectacular.
Ballerina, currently the No. 1-ranked four-year-old in North America, won the event’s reserve champion title but fellow Dreamcatcher Meadows product Lordsley DMV was named grand champion after also winning his individual colt class and being named stallion champion. Ballerina also won her individual class and was named and was crowned mare champion.
Meanwhile, the stable’s Lancelot DMV was also a class winner and selected as the gelding champ, while Radiance DMV finished second in the open class in just her second show.
Ballerina will soon be travelling to Chicago for the U.S. Equestrian Federation/Markel Young Horse Dressage Championships, running Aug. 22 to 24.
Locals to play historic rugby match
Four Whistler residents from the Sea to Sky Eagles rugby league team will kick off their fall season with the B.C. Bulldogs provincial rep squad on Saturday (Aug. 18) in the first-ever international game played on B.C. soil.
Chris Ealey (centre), Matty Upton (scrum half), Terry Ward (lock) and Ally Macaulay (hooker) were named to the Bulldogs roster earlier this month. The Bulldogs are hosting the Utah Avalanche in Kelowna on Saturday in the first match of a home-and-home series between the sides.
The rematch will take place Sept. 8 in Salt Lake City, while the Bulldogs also have games scheduled with Alberta and Western U.S. rep squads.
Other Eagles players who will be suiting up for the Bulldogs include Squamish’s Nolan Prevost and Vancouver residents Alex Brown, Cochise Misiluti and Marcus Kienhorst.
Saints looking for football players
The Whistler Saints Football Club is looking for new players aged six to 13 and will host a free mini-training camp on Friday (Aug. 17) before regular practices begin.
Friday’s mini-camp is open to all boys and girls, whether playing a full season of football or just interested in trying it out. Players will learn the basics of the game, some fundamental skills and get a feel for game play with scrimmages.
The camp takes place at Spring Creek Community School between 8:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. No equipment is necessary.
Parents can register by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 604-935-0301. The Saints’ regular practices will begin Tuesday evening (Aug. 21).