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Ski Mountaineers: pain with no payoff

Economic hardships and limited opportunities are putting a strain on the sport of ski mountaineering

Ski Mountaineering RacerSome athletes get paid huge salaries to compete in their chosen sport. But ski mountaineers - who ski up hills and then continue to race down them in timed relays - aren't among them, struggling to find the financial resources to keep them competing in their beloved sport.

Few people know this struggle more than Melanie Bernier, who is an active member of Canada's ski mountaineering scene, and just last year became the first Canadian to get a podium placement in the International Ski Mountaineering Federation (ISMF) World Cup. When she's not competing or training throughout the Rocky Mountains, Bernier can be found working at one of her three jobs, one of which is running her own residential design business.


U of C Dinos get T-Wrecked by MRU Cougars at third annual Crowchild Classic

CIS university hockey rivals play before record-breaking crowd at YYC crosstown smackdown

Cameron Perrier Action Shot Months of anticipation came to its denouement Thursday night in front of a Canadian Interuniversity Sport West record 8,882 screaming fans at the Scotiabank Saddledome.

The third installment of the "Crosstown Smackdown," which saw over 2,500 more fans than last season's record-breaking event, once again pinned the Mount Royal University Cougars against their CIS West rival University of Calgary Dinos.


Young boxer finds strength in tragedy

Devin Reti: 'I fight for my mom'

rsz  mg 1613Nine months ago, in March, Devin Reti lost his mother Donna in a fight with cancer. Now, Devin is fighting back the only way he knows how - by boxing.

"She really, really realized I had the talent," says Devin. "She believed in me more than anybody . . . In her last moments, she said, 'Devin, you can go to school any time. You can work any time, but pursue your dream so you have no regrets'".

He says he knows his mother is watching over him and that he gets his strength in the ring from her. Fighting is his way of winning the battle she couldn't and honoring her last wishes to fight for his dream.


National Sport School students excel in the classroom

Despite athletic commitments, test records show athletes are performing above the norm

NSSTMBL copyThe National Sport School focuses on training athletes, but government records show that they have some of the highest grades in the city, partly due to what a school official described as distance learning technologies and flexible schedules. But a connection between athletics and good grades may also play a role.

Established in 1994, National Sport School focuses on giving young athletes the flexibility to continue their intensive athletic training and compete in sports while completing high school.

But, according to Alberta Education, the sport school's students had the second highest average diploma test score in Biology 30 with 77.5 per cent, sitting only behind Sir Winston Churchill. Along with that second place finish, they also tied for the third highest in English 30-1, coming in at 77.5 per cent, and had the highest Social Studies 30-2 score in Calgary, with an average of 82.9 per cent.