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Osborne-Paradis splits second in Lake Louise

Posted on November 29th, 2014 by

Manny Osborne-Paradis made every wrinkle of time matter on Saturday, November 29th, as he tied in second place at the World Cup downhill ski race at Lake Louise.
Manny was just one of seven Canadians in an event with 65 competitors.
Alongside Guillermo Fayed from France, Manny finished the event in one minute, 50 seconds, and 34-thousandths. The first place finisher, Kjetil Jansrud from Norway, completed the track 14-thousandths of a second sooner. Placing fourth was Dom Paris from Italy, who was 41-thousandths of a second behind Manny. The course was 3,133 …


Rockies go down swinging

Posted on October 17th, 2012 by

Rockies forward T.J. Millar sparked his team with a spirited fight in the second period of the team’s 5 – 1 loss to the Fernie Ghostriders on Saturday, October 13th. The Rockies got into penalty trouble and were unable to sustain offensive pressure against the division-leading Ghostriders, but did get a late goal to avoid being shut out. Photo by Greg Amos


Arrows and A’s defend their championship titles

Posted on August 17th, 2012 by

By Kate Irwin
Pioneer Staff
Randy Martin’s spirit was smiling down on his beloved baseball teams, the B.C. Arrows and Invermere A’s, as they brought home the winning titles at the Canadian Native Fastball Championships in Cranbrook early this week, said Randy’s father, Dean Martin.
“We could feel him there,” he said. “During the seventh inning the lights went out and it was as if someone from above turned them off to give the teams a break. When the lights came back on, we won in a dramatic fashion. I’ve never seen …

POETRY IN MOTION — Invermere’s rising star of the World Cup alpine ski circuit, Ben Thomsen, will host a fundraiser on December 30th to help support his racing career.

Invermere ski star needs your help to keep racing

Posted on December 16th, 2011 by

Local ski racer, Benjamin Thomsen, is making his mark on the World Cup circuit this winter as he tackles his first season with the Canadian Men’s Alpine Team. But just because he wears the Team Canada colours, it does not mean an easy ride for the up-and-coming racer and he’s seeking the valley’s support to help keep his dreams within reach.
The Columbia Valley’s newest Team Canada recruit, who is currently racing in Italy, has had a solid start to the season in his first four races, hovering close to the …

Manny Osborne-Paradis carves a tight turn during the 2010 Lake Louise World Cup. Photo by Ryan Bavin.

Manny training locally for return to World Cup circuit

Posted on December 16th, 2011 by

By Kate Irwin
Pioneer Staff
Catching an edge and hurtling feet-first into a fence at 120 kilometres per hour, breaking a leg, tearing a ligament and bruising ribs along the way, might be enough to convince most skiers to give up the sport. But relentlessly upbeat valley local and Team Canada member, Manuel Osborne-Paradis, who did just that in France at the start of 2011, takes more of a Zen-like approach.
“These kind of things happen — it’s the equivalent of falling on Showoff — it was just a really inopportune time to …

This quartet of local curlers has their brooms pointed towards the goal of becoming Team B.C., and eventually making it to the Olympics.  Read their story on page 23. Pictured, left to right: Stephanie Schroeder (First), Theresa Wood (Second), Holly Jones (Third), and Jill Andrews (Skip).  Photo by Kelsey Verboom

Invermere ladies hoping to join ranks of top curlers in the world

Posted on November 25th, 2011 by

With a skip, sweep, and a bump, four local ladies have set their sights on training to first become Team B.C. for curling, and eventually make it to the Olympics.
Team Andrews is composed of Skip, Jill Andrews; Third, Holly Jones; Second, Theresa Wood; and First, Stephanie Schroeder. The girls have all been curling since before they were teenagers, and have decided to take their experience to the ice to reach the most elite level of curling in Canada.
In order to compete at an Olympic level, Team Andrews must first receive …

SOMETHING TO TALK ABOUT – The Columbia Valley Bighorns football team and coaches Bruce Marlow, Tyler Nicholas, Paul Glassford and Richard Larson, bask in the glow of their new title: provincial champions. Photo submitted

Bighorns are provincial champs

Posted on November 18th, 2011 by

Just five years ago, the Columbia Valley didn’t even have a football team, and now, the relatively new Columbia Valley Bighorns can be proud to call themselves provincial champions.
After a showdown with the defending champions and previously undefeated Vernon Magnums, the Bighorns came out on top with a 13-7 win to secure the Southern Interior Football Conference provincial championship on Saturday, November 12th in Kamloops.
“I’m very proud of our boys for the focus they had to execute the game plan,” said Head Coach Bruce Marlow.
“We had two very hard …

READY TO REPRESENT — RT Rice and TJ Bone look forward to representing B.C. at the upcoming National Aboriginal Hockey Championship in Saskatoon.  Photo by Joshua Estabrooks

Two local youths head to National Hockey Championship

Posted on April 15th, 2011 by

Two local youths from the Columbia Valley will be heading to Saskatoon to compete in the National Aboriginal Hockey Championship during the last week of April.
RT Rice and TJ Bone, both of whom play minor midget hockey in Invermere, traveled to Merritt recently to try out for the provincial team along with 95 other potential players from around the province.
“They only picked 20 of us,” said RT. “There were kids from all over the place.”
The tryout consisted of a variety of skill tests, as well as scrimmages, TJ …

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Rockies hire new head coach

Posted on April 8th, 2011 by

After a disappointing regular season, the Columbia Valley Rockies’ Board of Directors have made some drastic changes to the face of their Junior B team, hiring a new head coach and general manager.
President of the organization, Al Miller, said that former coach, Rob Rice, was not fired, but his contract was not renewed.
The decision to find a new coach was primarily a business decision, Mr. Miller added, as due to the team’s poor performance, the fan base was beginning to dwindle, so the board decided to start fresh by …

TEE TIME — The valley’s golf courses are gearing up for summer, with all but two opening for business in the last week. Pictured, Spur Valley Greens during late summer last year. Photo by Kelsey Verboom

Valley golf season tees off

Posted on April 8th, 2011 by

Golf enthusiasts are dusting off their clubs and practising their swing as golf season gets underway here in the Columbia Valley. Of the 15 local courses, 13 are now fully or partially open for business, but staff report they are keeping their fingers crossed for some warmer weather to bring players flooding to the greens.
“We’ve been out golfing since mid-March,” said Stan Nokleby, a local resident who has been playing for eight years. “We’re lucky that we live in a very special place that gives us the chance to golf …

ROCK AND ROLL — Invermere roller girl Shannon McCarroll, known as Atomic Bombshell at the rink, says the best part of roller derby is embracing the alter-ego you choose.    Photo by Kelsey Verboom

Players rally for roller derby

Posted on April 1st, 2011 by

A group of women interested in the rough rolling sport of roller derby are hoping to garner enough interest to start a local team of female skaters.
The popular sport involves costume-sporting women embodying an alter-ego and skating around a flat oval on quad skates, trying to block the other team from getting key players past them, while simultaneously trying to sneak their own players past the other team’s block. Throw in a little shoving, clotheslining, and shoulder-hitting, and you have roller derby.
Chris Corey, who used to coach roller derby in …

Rob Rice

Rockies’ head coach ousted from team

Posted on March 11th, 2011 by

After two-and-a-half years behind the Columbia Valley Rockies hockey team bench, Rob Rice has been fired from his position as head coach.
Last week Mr. Rice learned from the Columbia Valley Rockies Board of Directors that he was being removed.
Mr. Rice stepped in as head coach more than two years ago, at first coaching with no pay, when the previous coach was fired amid controversy.
“We hired a coach four years ago who did a lot of damage, both on and off the ice,” confirmed club president, Al Miller.
Mr. Rice said …

POWDER DREAMS — Faro Burgoyne, above, raced at Le Relais, QC last weekend before he and alpine skier Martin Grasic head to Nova Scotia for the Canada Winter Games. Photo courtesy of Hilary Vance.

Local teens compete for Team BC in Halifax

Posted on February 18th, 2011 by

Two athletes from the Columbia Valley will travel to Halifax to compete in the Canada Winter Games this week.
Faro Burgoyne, 18, of Fairmont and Martin Grasic, 15, of Invermere will participate on Team BC at the Canada Winter Games, which started on February 11th and will continue until the 27th.
The two athletes will travel to Nova Scotia on February 18th and start competing on the 22nd. Faro, currently a member of the Calgary Snowboard Club, will race in alpine snowboard and snowboard cross. Martin, a member of the Windermere Valley …


Manny back home after season-ending crash

Posted on February 4th, 2011 by

Shortly after a spectacular crash that ended this season’s podium dreams for Canadian Men’s Alpine skier Manuel Osborne-Paradis, he quipped to reporters in true ‘Manny’ style, “The doctor bought me a pizza. I got a free helicopter ride. How many of you got a free helicopter ride today?”
While competing in a World Cup downhill event in Chamonix, France, on January 29th, Manny was only 4/100ths of a second off the lead when his ski caught an edge. Manny’s left ski flew off and he became airborne before skidding down the …

LOW RIDER  — Kate Gibbs, seated, takes part in the Adaptive Sports Snow Program with the help of Nicole Morgan. Photo by Samantha Stokell

All smiles at Special Olympics and adaptive ski program

Posted on January 21st, 2011 by

Like many first time skiers, Jonah Ritsch loves speeding down the hill.
“His smile just got bigger and bigger the more he sped up,” said his mother Lori Horrocks. “He loves going fast and he doesn’t always get to.”
Jonah doesn’t always get to go fast because he usually stays in his wheelchair. He has cerebral palsy and autism and participated in the first joint session of the Special Olympics alpine ski program and adaptive ski program at Panorama Mountain Village on January 16th.
Using a sit-ski, Jonah is able to whip down …

ON THE EDGE — Olympian Jan Hudec enjoys some gate training on Panorama’s Fritz’s run on Tuesday, January 5th. Photo by Kate Irwin

Team Canada skiers train at Panorama

Posted on January 6th, 2011 by

Members of Canada’s National Alpine Ski Team have been hitting the slopes at Panorama Mountain Village this week to train in super giant slalom racing.
Part-time Invermere resident Manuel Osborne-Paradis shared the snow with men’s downhill World Champion John Kucera and fellow Olympian Jan Hudec on Tuesday and Wednesday, January 5th and 6th.
The trio spent the two days doing gate training on Panorama’s Fritz’s run.
“This time at Panorama has been awesome,” said Kucera, who is missing his second racing season due to injury. “I’m on a bit of a different program …