Luge Canada

Find thrills and chills with luge just as summer starts to heat up - events scheduled for June 23 and 24

Canadian Luge Association and B.C. Luge Association offer officials training course and unique learn-to-luge event this month for local residentsThe temperatures may be rising but there's no better time than now for local young athletes and interested volunteers to start considering one of winter's most exciting sports.

The Canadian Luge Association and the B.C. Luge Association are offering local residents an opportunity to get involved in one of Canada's most unique sporting events and with less than three years to go until Vancouver 2010, there's no time like the present to jump in to something new, say organizers.

The two associations are encouraging local residents and youth, particularly those with a background in winter sports and currently living in the Sea-to-Sky corridor, to come out and learn more at a pair of events later this month:

An officials course to introduce potential volunteer officials to the sport, the rules of luging and race procedures. This one-day course will run on Saturday, June 23 in Whistler (location to be announced) and repeat on Sunday, June 24 at the Squamish Adventure Centre. Both days will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Those with a background in volunteering and in winter sports are encouraged to come out. Both sessions are the first of a two-day training series; the second day of training will be held at a later date at a luge track. Cost for registration is $50. To register, or for more information, contact Julie Paterson at vasb@opyhtr.pbz. Those who successfully complete the training may become part of a pool of officials for test events leading up to 2010.

A one-day "Learn to Luge" event will also be held on June 23 in Whistler, and repeated on June 24 in Squamish, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days. Youth aged 10 to 14 who are strong, flexible and, most of all, aren't afraid to go fast are encouraged to come out to learn about luging. No experience is necessary. Cost for registration is $25 and participants should bring a bike helmet or snowboard helmet, bagged lunch, outdoor shoes, indoor shoes and be dressed for the weather. Register in advance by downloading the registration form online at, e-mailing or calling 403-247-9884 ext. 29. Additional learn to luge events are already slated for Sept. 15 in Whistler and Sept. 16 in Mount Currie.

Construction of the luge track at Whistler, in preparation for the Olympics in 2010, began in 2005 and is expected to wrap up in late 2007. Lugers race in open, moulded sleds at speeds up to 140 kilometres an hour, using their bodies to help guide the sled down the track, in both doubles and singles competitions.

Luge has been part of the Olympic tradition since 1964, when it first debuted at Innsbruck.

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For more information on the officials course, contact:

Julie Paterson, president of the B.C. Luge Association, at 604-472-2005 or vasb@opyhtr.pbz

For more information on the learn-to-luge event, contact:

Nicole Simon, program coordinator, Canadian Luge Association, at 403-247-9884 ext. 29 or