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Provincial Luge association offers training for new officials

Volunteers wanted for course beginning this weekend in Squamish and VancouverThe B.C. Luge Association is offering up front-row seats to one of the most thrilling winter sports in the world, and all you need to get started is a love of sports and a willingness to learn.

This weekend, the association is offering two sittings of the first part of the provincial luge-official course, for those interested in volunteering as an official for upcoming luge events in the run-up to Whistler 2010.

Association president Julie Paterson says no experience is required but those with a background in volunteering with winter sports - from downhill skiing to skating and snowboarding - may be particularly suited to train as an official.

Anyone interested in taking part in the first of the two-part course has two opportunities to do so this weekend, at either:

┬Ěthe Brennan Community Centre in Squamish at 1009 Centennial Way from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 24; or,

┬ĚPacific Sport Centre at the Telus Centre for Sport in Vancouver at 1333 West Broadway, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Participants are asked to bring a bag lunch, and registration for the program costs $20.

The second portion of the two-part course will follow, in either Calgary or Whistler, where individuals will shadow officials at a luge race and be evaluated on their abilities. This will either be done during the Canadian Luge Championship in Calgary on the weekend of March 10/11 or, for those who can not attend the Calgary event; evaluations will be carried out at Whistler at a date to be determined.

Those who are successful in completing the provincial luge official course will be part of the pool of officials who will be drawn on to support the test races provincially, and at the World Cup, in preparation for the 2010 Olympics. Additionally, successful completion of two seasons as a provincial luge official will allow volunteers to qualify for their national official qualifications.

Anyone interested in finding out more information and or registering for either Saturday or Sunday's course can contact Paterson at vasb@opyhtr.pbz.

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For media interviews:
Julie Paterson
cell : 778-231-8073
e-mail : vasb@opyhtr.pbz