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Pascual crowned Canadian champ

Squamish resident wins BMX Grand Nationals title

Squamish can officially be called home to the No. 1-ranked 10-year-old girl BMX rider in the country.

Teigen Pascual capped a great weekend for Squamish BMX at the Canadian Grand Nationals in Chilliwack on Saturday and Sunday (Oct. 12 and 13) that saw several riders post strong showings.

Pascual placed second on both days in the 10-year-old girl class but still earned enough points to win the national title for her age group. To win the title, the top five national results from the rest of the season were combined with Sunday's race.

"It was a pretty big surprise to Teigen and us," said Amber Pascual, Teigen's mother. "It's all about points over the season, so you literally don't know, but it was a nice surprise."

Amber said her daughter has been racing with the Squamish BMX club since she was five and has developed a love for the sport.

"She is such a competitive kid - she's a real fighter out there," she said.

She said Teigen's sister Spencer has also hit the track and had a good weekend in the seven-year-old girls division. Spencer placed sixth on Saturday and fifth on Sunday.

Other Squamish riders with top-three division finishes on Saturday included: Kaila Murray (second, 6 Girls), Vicki Schenk (third, 41-45 Girl Cruiser), Tess McNamara (first, 8 Novice Girls), Byron Jackson (second, 8 Novice Boys) and Gavin Reis (first, 10 Novice Boys).

Squamish riders with top-three finishes on Sunday were: Kaila Murray (second, 6 Girls), Mark Bunyan (third, 36 to 40 Boys Cruiser), Vicki Schenk (third, 41 to 45 Girls Cruiser), Tess McNamara (first, 8 Novice Girls) and Gavin Reis (second, 10 Novice Boys).

The event marks the end of the season for Squamish BMX. For more information on the club, visit

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