Beaudry fifth at world event
Sarah Beaudry just missed the podium.
The Caledonia Nordic Ski Club member finished fifth in the women’s individual competition at the Biathlon Youth World Championships in Obertilliach, Austria on Tuesday.
Beaudry, an 18-year-old Prince George native, took advantage of fast tracks and mild conditions to post her best finish in her second trip to the top international biathlon competition for youth. She missed only two of 20 shots, four rounds, in recording a time of 34 minutes and 37.4 seconds (34:37.4) in the youth women’s 10 km individual event.
“I definitely felt that if I had a good race I was capable of having this result,” Beaudry stated in a press release issued Tuesday. “I was really nervous earlier in the week, but treated today as a fresh start and was much more relaxed and ready to go. I am really happy and looking forward to skiing the relay.”
The individual competition is the longest discipline in the biathlon line-up, which places greater importance on shooting. Athletes are charged an additional one-minute penalty for every missed shot in their four stops at the range.
Russia’s Uliana Kaisheva topped the podium in the individual competition with a time of 32:41.1. Two competitors from the Ukraine, Yuliya Zhuravok (34:02) and Anastasiya Merkushyna (34:13.5), placed second and third respectively.
The Canadian team included two other Prince George products, Emily Dickson and Arthur Roots. Dickson placed 54th in the women’s 10 km individual race with a time of 41:24.7. In the youth men’s 12.5 km individual start, Roots clocked in at 48:01.7 to place 86th.
Beaudry, Dickson and Roots are eligible to compete in the 2015 Canada Winter Games in Prince George.
The BC Snowboard Provincial Series is holding an event at Tabor Mountain on Sunday.
BC Snowboard Association and Canada Snowboard are working with the 2015 Canada Winter Games staff and Tabor Mountain to hold an event open to snowboard riders of all ages and abilities. The competition will act as a test event for the Games, which run Feb. 13 to March 1, 2015.
The athletes will meet for inspection, training and a meeting. The competition is scheduled to run from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The UNBC basketball teams will hit the floor again tonight.
With only six dates left on their 2012-13 Canada West regular season schedule, the Timberwolves will battle the Victoria Vikes in the provincial capital.
On the men’s side, UNBC will try and improve on a 5-11 record. The UNBC women carry a 6-10 mark into the weekend.
The Timberwolves will conclude their 22-date schedule with a four-game homestand. They host the UBC Thunderbirds of Vancouver (Feb. 8 and 9) before welcoming the Mount Royal Cougars (Feb. 15 and 16) to the Northern Sport Centre.
The Northland Dodge Motorsports Park is one of three facilities that’s been added to the Northern Hot Rod Association (NHRA) Member Track Network.
The NHRA announced the addition of the Northland track, Central Alberta Raceways in Rimbey and the Rocky Mountain Raceways in West Valley City, Utah in a press release issued Jan. 23.
As an NHRA-sanctioned track, the Northland Dodge Motorsports Park will be eligible to offer racers a variety of opportunities, including the NHRA Summit Racing Series, the NHRA Summer Racing Jr. Drag Racing League and the NHRA Drags: Street Legal Style. The track will also be able to host an NHRA specialty event.
Members of Kaiten Mixed Martial Arts travelled to Dawson Creek for a competition on Saturday.
The Ray House Memorial Fight Night produced positive results for the Prince George participants. Kaiten MMA winners included: Dane Newal - second round TKO; Tate Rawling - first round triangle submission; C.J. Strongheart - second round right-hand stoppage.
Although he lost his match, Brayden Kersey won the Fight of the Night award for his efforts in a kickboxing match.
The results weren’t what the host team hoped for.
In a Bantam Tier 2 hockey tournament on the weekend, the host Prince George Cougars finished last out of eight teams.
After the round robin, the Cougars dropped to the consolation side of the playoff draw. They lost their first consolation round game 6-5 to Kamloops before falling short 6-4 to Kitimat in their final contest.
Smithers won the eight-team tournament, defeating Williams Lake 4-3 in the final. Other competing teams were Dawson Creek, Terrace and Quesnel.