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jdeutsch@thenownews.com The union that represents the nurses working in Fraser Health hospitals, including Eagle Ridge Hospital in Port Moody, is sounding the alarm over conditions in the emergency rooms of the facilities they serve. In the case of Eagle Ridge, nurses claim patients are in the hospital’s ER for days, morale among nurses is low and in one case, a dying man was read his last rites in the hallway with 12 strangers watching. Nicole Dinning, a nurse steward at ERH, said the recent population boom in parts of the Tri-Cities has the hospital bursting at the seams. “It’s only getting worse,” she told the media at a press conference held by the B.C. Nurses’ Union in Coquitlam Thursday. “Everything would be better if we could get more staff.” As an example, Dinning said emergency room staff are forced to leave their post during the night and take care of a patient if a problem occurs on a different ward. On any given night, there is usually only one ER doctor working. And if there are any problems during an elective surgery, surgeries that are typically handled at Eagle Ridge, Dinning said the patient gets transferred to Royal Columbian Hospital in New Westminster, taking a nurse out of the hospital. Perhaps even more alarming, the union claims Eagle Ridge has the

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BC Nurses’ Union president Debra McPherson, left, joined by Jan DownesSpringer from Royal Columbian Hospital and Nicole Dinning from Eagle Ridge Hospital, held a press conference in Coquitlam Thursday to talk about staffing levels in Fraser Health emergency rooms. To watch part of the press conference, scan this page with Layar. highest infection rate among surgical patients in the entire health authority. The union did not provide specifics about the infection rate, but Dinning said the hospital is looking into the issue and performing audits to figure out what is wrong. She also noted nurse morale is the lowest she’s seen, with veteran nurses in tears over the situation. Specifically, Dinning said nurses now

have to justify their overtime. “Nurses are not sitting around waiting for overtime,” she said. “They’re there because they don’t want their coworkers to be left alone. They’re doing it for their patients; they’re not doing it for themselves.” Dinning did emphasize the hospital is “fabulous” and patients are thankful for the care they receive. CONTINUED ON PAGE 5

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John KURUCZ jkurucz@thenownews.com The elimination of a bus route that served three communities has CoquitlamMaillardville MLA Selina Robinson seeing red in more ways than one. Robinson told the TriCities NOW the elimination of the No. 177 bus route limits access to youth probation services at the Riverview hospital site, while further eroding transit service levels in the suburbs. “I think this is an essential route,” she said. “How are youth supposed to get to their probation officers if there is no bus?” A TransLink spokesperson wrote in an email that the route was eliminated in September “due to extremely low ridership, particularly after the Riverview Hospital closure.” The route formerly covered areas of PoCo, Coquitlam and New Westminster. The spokesperson, who refused to identify himself or herself, suggested affected transit users should instead use either the No. 159 or No. 169 routes. “Resources from the 177 have been re-invested to improveotherservicesaround the region,” the spokesperson wrote. “TransLink continues to work with the remain-

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Coquitlam-Maillardville MLA Selina Robinson called the elimination of the No. 177 bus route “crazy.” ing residents of the former Riverview campus and surrounding areas to explore alternative travel options.” That explanation doesn’t hold up for Robinson, who pointed out the No. 169 bus only passes through the Riverview lands six times daily — three times in the morning, and again in the late afternoon. “It’s not a route. It’s crazy and it’s stupid,” Robinson said. And while weekday routes have been scaled back, service to Riverview on weekends and holidays has been cancelled altogether. That angered Treefest organizers in mid-September, as the event took place on a Saturday and left those want-

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Fraser Health says staffing is adequate CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 However, the union is calling on Fraser Health and the province to provide long term, permanent solutions to the overcapacity problems. In response, officials with Fraser Health acknowledged the emergency department does at time get congested, but said they’re always looking at ways to be more efficient. “I think the staffing and the physician coverage at Eagle Ridge meets the needs of the patients there,” said Anne Clarke, medical

director for the emergency program at Fraser Health. She also said Fraser Health is aware of the population growth in the Tri-Cities and considers that growth when it looks at expanding services. “We do have a growing patient population so we have to continue to look at how we can provide the best care for our patients everyday regardless of the volume,” Clarke said. As for specific wait times in the ER at Eagle Ridge, Fraser Health officials said the numbers vary depending on the time of day, day of the week and even time of year.

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According to information provided by the district, jdeutsch@thenownews.com Coronation Park was closed On Tuesday, School District in 2007 and remains vacant. 43 started down the road of The site is near the Evergreen determining the future of Line and is not considered a future public school location. four of its properties. Moody Elementary was The district held one of five public consultation events at built in 1951 and has a capacity of 250 students. The Moody Middle School. The four properties in ques- school could be upgraded, tion are Coronation Park, replaced or relocated and is Parkland Elementary and in need of immediate seisVictoria Park in Coquitlam mic upgrades worth $3 million. With the and Moody Evergreen Elementary in Line coming, Port Moody. the student Supt. Tom I want to population is Grant said any expected to option is on explore how grow by 67 the table when we get both per cent by it comes to the sides in the 2026. properties,and W i t h the consultasame room to Parkland tion process is talk about the E l e m e n t a r y, an attempt to opportunities only a small give trustees a vacant porchance to hear available. tion of the what the com–Richard Stewart property is munity would Coquitlam Mayor being considlike to see. ered, about 12 In the case per cent of the of Coronation Park, some would like to see a total site area. Victoria Park is currently covered sports facility, while at Moody Elementary some being used as a park and is residents don’t want to see not being considered as a any change and some want to future school site. The area is see a new school and expand- owned by the district, but has been used and designated as ed programming. “I think the trustees are parkland in Coquitlam’s comgoing to have to get carefully munity plans. Board chair Melissa Hyndes grounded in each property and figure out what the com- noted the district is the largest munity wants within a frame- landowner in the Tri-Cities, work of how they better serve suggesting there are properthe whole district,” Grant told ties being underutilized. “We need to look at what the Tri-Cities NOW. He also noted the board we’re doing and see if we’re may decide to do nothing using our school sites to with the four properties, the best use that we can,” but that seems an unlikely she said, adding the district needs new facilities in some option.

areas, while others need to be upgraded. In some cases, the district may consider swapping properties with the City of Coquitlam. Mayor Richard Stewart was on hand at the open house, and noted the city has, for example, an empty lot beside Hillcrest Middle that could be exchanged for Parkland’s land for a city facility. He argued both the city and district represent the same taxpayer and could be working together for a common goal. “I want to explore how we get both sides in the same room to talk about the opportunities available,” he said. But district officials are quick to caution the decisionmaking process for these properties still has a long way to go. Any decision would still likely need approval from the Ministry of Education. The board is expected to study feedback and make an initial decision sometime in January. The next step involves holding workshops at each site, all from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.: • Moody Elementary School — Wednesday, Nov. 6, in the school gym • Victoria Park — Tuesday, Nov. 19, in the Leigh Elementary gym • Coronation Park — Wednesday, Nov. 27, in the Moody Middle School gym • Parkland Elementary School — Thursday, Nov. 28, in the Parkland Elementary gym For more information and to register for the workshops go to www.sd43.bc.ca/landmngmt. twitter.com/jertricitiesnow

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The Tri-Cities NOW contacted the dental college to ask what happened to the person identified as Joey Tseng in the affidavits, and was told he may be a registrant of the College of Dental Technicians of B.C. Officials with the technician college said the association doesn’t have a person named Joey Tseng as a registrant, but it was noted the name is “Canadianized.” Ronald Revell, the registrar of the college, said he couldn’t confirm the identity of the individual under investigation, adding the college has to complete its investigation before it becomes public knowledge. “All I can say is we have opened an investigation to find out further details,” he told the Tri-Cities NOW on Wednesday.

jdeutsch@thenownews.com While the investigation into rogue dentist Tung Sheng (David) Wu may have been primarily resolved with a jail sentence, the saga isn’t quite over. The Tri-Cities NOW has learned the College of Dental Technicians of B.C. has opened up an investigation related to the Wu case. According to affidavits filed by an investigator working on behalf of the College of Dental Surgeons of B.C. during the Wu case, a man identified as Joey Tseng of Port Coquitlam admitted to providing dental supplies to the fake dentist. In the affidavits, Tseng is identified as the owner of Prairie Dental Ceramic, located on Prairie Avenue in Port Coquitlam.

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On Wednesday around 11 a.m., I went to pick up a friend to go bike riding as we are practising to keep in shape and already preparing for the RBC GranFondo Whistler 2014. I was driving in Coquitlam, passing Coquitlam Centre on Johnson Street, and when I got to Hampton Drive, I waited for my friend. Within three minutes, my friend had closed the door of his house and walked about 15 feet towards my vehicle when he noticed some bushes moving in a shaking way and saw a big black bear about four years old jumping from the bushes about 20 feet in front of him. The bear looked to his right and spotted my friend, who was so scared as he never expected a bear to appear from nowhere. The animal decided to walk in the opposite direction, to cross the street heading towards the Westwood Plateau Golf & Country Club, but walked behind my vehicle and sat right behind it. I was not aware of anything until I looked at my friend stand-

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Jeremy DEUTSCH jdeutsch@thenownews.com Police are asking the public for help in nabbing a thief who used a knife during a robbery. The incident began on the afternoon of Sept. 9, at the Real Canadian Superstore on Lougheed Highway, when a man allegedly stole a number of items from the store. Police said when a loss prevention officer confronted the suspect, he took out a knife and threatened the employee before taking off. No one was hurt in the incident. The suspect is described as a Caucasian, or possibly Hispanic, man in his 40s, standing five feet, four inches tall, with a bald head and pimples on his face. He also had a strong body odour. The suspect was wearing a black jacket, black sweat pants and white runners, and has a Hispanic accent. Anyone with information regarding the identity of the suspect is asked to call Coquitlam RCMP at 604-9451550 and quote file number 2013-27013.

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Coquitlam Mounties are reminding local businesses to keep an eye out for scammers, after a recent incident at Coquitlam Centre. The incident happened on Oct. 20 at an unidentified store in the mall after a man walked into the business and told the employee he had

Police are trying to identify this suspect in a Superstore robbery. a work order to upgrade a PIN pad for new American Express chip cards. However, police said the employee felt the man was in a hurry and appeared to be suspicious. Rather than allowing him to proceed, she told the man she would need to confirm the work order with her manager before he could start. After the conversation, the man left and never came back. “If anyone comes into your business claiming they have to install anything to your PIN pad and you have no prior knowledge of it, we recommend that you verify the claim with your colleagues,” said RCMP Cpl. Jamie Chung. “In this case, the employee’s action may have averted many potential skimming scams at the business.” The suspect is described as a bald man with an average build, wearing a striped shirt, navy-blue sweater, khaki pants and carrying a “man bag.” A photo of the suspect was not provided.

A Port Moody man will have to face a judge after being arrested during an alleged break-in Monday. Coquitlam Mounties were called to a report of a break and enter in progress in the early afternoon at a home in the 1200 block of Texada Street. The suspect allegedly broke into and ransacked part of the house, then tried to flee as officers surrounded the area. Police said the suspect scaled a fence and got into a neighbouring yard, then went over another fence while officers gave chase. The foot chase came to an end with officers arresting the suspect. “When the complainant noticed someone was trying to break into the house, he called 911 immediately and provided us with the suspect’s description and location,” RCMP Cpl. Jamie Chung said in a statement. “The information allowed our dispatcher and officers to coordinate a timely response and have the suspect in custody.” Matthew James Wang, 27, is facing four criminal charges, including break and enter to commit an indictable offence, possession of stolen property, possession of a break-in instrument, and breach of recognizance. He was scheduled to make a court appearance on Oct. 31.

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Please join us for an open house on the future route options of the Sheep Paddocks Trail in Colony Farm Regional Park. Date: Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013 Time: 4 pm – 8 pm, Presentation at 7 pm Location: Poirier Library, 575 Poirier Street, Coquitlam, BC

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Coquitlam and PoCo residents and business owners concerned about identity theft and fraud can shred their personal documents on Saturday, Nov. 2 while supporting a good cause. As part of Crime Prevention Week from Nov. 1 to 7, volunteers with the Coquitlam RCMP are hosting a Shred It & Forget It event on Nov. 2, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Burlington Street in Coquitlam (behind the main RCMP detachment near City Hall at 3000 Guildford Way). The fee for shredding is non-perishable food or unwrapped toys for SHARE Family & Community Services, which operates a yearround food bank and Christmas toy program in the Tri-Cities. Wondering what to shred? Here are some

tips for retaining common records: • Keep until on statement: ATM slips, debit/ credit card receipts • Keep for one year, unless needed for taxes: utility bills, bank/credit card statements • Keep until on annual statement: pay stubs, monthly mortgage statements/investment reports • Keep for six years: annual mortgage statements, income tax returns (with supporting documents) • Keep for the term of the policy: auto/ home insurance policies, warranties • Keep indefinitely: birth/death certificates, custody/divorce agreements, immigration/ citizenship documents, marriage licences, will/power of attorney documents

Are you a senior looking for a bit of help around the home? The Tri-Cities Better at Home service helps seniors with simple day-to-day tasks, helping them maintain their independence and stay connected with their community. The program offers light housekeeping, transportation to doctors’ appointments and grocery shopping services to seniors who are 65 or older, residents of the Tri-Cities and living in their own home,

according to a press release. Light housekeeping and transportation services are provided on a fee-for-service basis. Fees are determined on a sliding scale based on the senior’s household income. Pre-registration is required. SHARE Family and Community Services is the local organization providing Tri-Cities Better at Home.

SHARE collaborates with the Community Volunteer Services for Seniors to offer grocery shopping support. Better at Home is funded by the province, and managed by the United Way of the Lower Mainland. To learn more or to register, call Paola Wakeford-Mejia at 604-937-6991 or 604-9363900 or email betterathome@ sharesociety.ca.

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SATURDAY, NOV 2 Terry Fox Secondary School holds its an-

nual craft fair from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 1260 Riverwood Gate in PoCo. The fair will feature 99 crafters and vendors, raffle draws, a bake sale and concession. Proceeds go towards supporting annual After Grad activities. Info: terryfoxcraftfair@gmail.com. Best of BC Wines Uncorked, a semiannual wine-tasting event, runs from 7 to 9:30 p.m. at the Port Moody City Hall Galleria, 100 Newport Dr. Presented by the Port Moody Arts Centre and West Coast Wine Education, the event showcases new and current releases from top B.C. wineries and raises funds for the Port Moody Arts Centre Society. Tickets cost $45 and can be purchased online at www.bcuncorked.ca, by phone at 604-931-2008, or in person at the Port Moody Arts Centre. Coquitlam RCMP hosts a shred-a-thon from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Burlington Street, behind the RCMP detachment, in Coquitlam. Residents and businesses concerned about identity theft and fraud can shred their personal documents. The fee for shredding is non-perishable food or unwrapped toys for SHARE Family & Community Services. Info: www.portcoquitlam.ca/crimeprevention.

SUNDAY, NOV 3 1st Port Coquitlam Scouts hold a bottle

drive from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Kilmer Elementary School, 1575 Knappen St., in Port Coquitlam. Call 604-970-2579 for assured pick up. Coquitlam-Maillardville MLA Selina Robinson hosts her first constituency open house from 1 to 3 p.m. at 102–1108 Austin Ave. in Coquitlam. Everyone is welcome at this free, non-political event. Light refreshments will be

served. Info: 604-933-2001.

MONDAY, NOV 4 Port Coquitlam Heritage & Cultural Soci-

ety hosts a discussion centred around wartime memories and stories from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at 2100–2253 Leigh Sq., PoCo. Pre-registration is required; e-mail julies@pocoheritage.org or phone 927-8403. Hang Tough Community Group gathers from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at 1142 Dufferin St. in Coquitlam to talk about stress reduction and managing arthritis. Space is limited, and preregistration is required. Info: 604-464-2890.

TUESDAY, NOV 5 Coquitlam Prostate Cancer Support and

Awareness Group (PCCN Coquitlam) holds its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. in the Pinetree Community Centre, 1260 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam. All those involved with prostate problems are urged to come and share their experiences in a strictly confidential atmosphere. There is no charge, but donations are accepted. Info: Norm at 604 936-8703 or Ken at 604 936-2998. Eagle Ridge Hospital Auxiliary holds its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. in the Park Lane Room at the hospital, located at 475 Guildford Way, Port Moody. New members are always welcome. Info: 604-941-2461. Douglas College Uganda Project and Rotary Club of Coquitlam Sunrise team up to host a fundraiser for literacy projects in Uganda from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Coquitlam Campus of Douglas College, 1250 Pinetree Way. Quiz night, silent auction and cash bar are featured. Register as a single player, or as a team, by going online at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/2XGNZ6X or by calling 778-227-4132. Choose a name for your team and dress accordingly.

WEDNESDAY, NOV 6

Hyde Creek Watershed Society holds its monthly general meeting at 7:15 p.m. at the Hyde Creek Education Centre & Hatchery, 3636 Coast Meridian Rd. in PoCo. Members of the public are invited. Info: hcws.info@gmail.com. Alzheimer Society of B.C hosts a forum on dementia from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the Terry Fox Library, 2470 Mary Hill Rd. in PoCo. Learn about diagnosis, different programs and services available and more. This is for people with a diagnosis of dementia, care partners and family members. Info: 604-927-7999.

THURSDAY, NOV 7 Port Moody Library hosts the first meeting

of a teen reading and discussion group from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m in the ParkLane Room, 100 Newport Dr., Port Moody. Discover new books and authors and make some new friends. Drop in, no registration required. Suitable for ages 14 to 18 years. Info: Karen Sharkey at 604-4694635 or ksharkey@portmoody.ca

FRIDAY, NOV 8

Canadian Parents for French host a Parents Night Out event from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Winslow Centre, 1100 Winslow Ave., Coquitlam. WTTU Martial Arts will teach kids taekwondo, while crafts and games will also be offered. Cost ranges between $5 and $20. Info: tricitiescpf@ gmail.com. Coquitlam Gogos host a fall fundraising party called Rockin’ for Africa from 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. at 825 St. Laurence St., Coquitlam. Dancing, snacks, door prizes and a cash bar will be offered. Tickets cost $35 and can be purchased by calling Linda at 604-931-2843, or by e-mailing coquitlamgogos@gmail.com.

TUESDAY, NOV 12

Burke Mountain Naturalists’ monthly meeting gets underway at 7:30 p.m. at Como Lake United Church, 535 Marmont St, in Coquitlam. Guest speaker Sara Dubois from The Oiled Wildlife Society of BC who will give a slide presentation on the nonprofit organization’s work. Free and all are welcome. Info: 604-936-4108, 604-461-3864 or see www.bmn.bc.ca.

WEDNESDAY, NOV 13

Tri-City Centennial Stamp Club hosts a small stamp auction at 7 p.m. in the McGee Room at the Poirier Community Centre, 630 Poirier St., Coquitlam. Info: www.stampclub.ca or 604-941-9306. Eagle Ridge Hospital Auxiliary hosts a craft fair from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the hospital lobby, located at 475 Guildford Way in Port Moody. Info: 604-941-2461. Terry Fox Library hosts a wedding planning seminar from 7 to 8 p.m. at 2470 Mary Hill Rd. in PoCo. Shanna and Sara from Livingsimplicity Professional Organizing and Event Planning will lead attendees through their 10 easy steps to planning a wedding day. Along with a stress-free approach to planning, they will also introduce attendees to local vendors to help the planning process. Info: 604-927-7999.

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Women’s Connection Luncheon kicks off at noon at the Executive Inn, 405 North Rd. Coquitlam. A fall fair and guest speaker Christian Lindsay will be highlighted, with proceeds from the fair going towards flood victims in High River, Alta. To reserve a spot, call Frieda 604937-7198 by Nov. 11.

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SPORTSNOW SPORTS SHORTS BIRD BIG IN UPSET The Coquitlam Metro-Ford Wolves gave first-place Columbus FC a surprising discovery last week, when they pulled off a 2-1 upset in Vancouver Metro Soccer League premier action. Columbus opened the scoring midway through the first, and nearly doubled its lead but were thwarted by Coquitlam goalkeeper Mathew Bird. Adam Jones would tie the game in the 65th minute, thanks to some hard work by Luigi Pantusa and Sang Hwang. Moments later, Andre Pietramala and Alfredo Valente worked together to feed Pantusa the winner. Bird set the table in the win, while the keeper got rock-steady support on defence from Matt Besuschko and Kyle Jones. The win boosted Coquitlam’s record to 32-3 and a tie for fifth place, just three points back of first-place Columbus.

DISTASIO GOES 8-0 Coquitlam’s Justina DiStasio swept through eight matches as part of the Simon Fraser University women’s wrestling team’s second-place finish at the Oklahoma City Duals last Saturday. The 21-year-old grappler went undefeated during the season’s opening weekend. The Clan defeated Lindenwood 32-11 in the quarterfinal, then erased a 16-1 deficit to post an impressive come-from-behind 25-18 decision against Oklahoma City to advance to the final. In the final, SFU put up a valiant battle before falling 35-9 to Kings University.

CHEETAHS CROSSED Cameron Slaymaker of the Coquitlam Cheetahs capped an impressive season by winning the boys 10-year-old provincial cross country title last week in Abbotsford. In an intense, close duel with Nelson’s Matti Erickson, Slaymaker crossed the finish line on the 2.1-kilometre course with a margin of just .25 seconds. The victory also clinched BC Athletics overall top spot for the cross country series in juvenile. Also posting strong finishes for the Cheetahs were Amelia Hamnett, who placed seventh in nine-year-old girls and stood third overall in the series, and Matthew Trent, who finished fourth at the provincials and third overall in the series.

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sports@thenownews.com While people at home will be turning the clock back an hour this weekend, a trio of local athletes will be springing forward to Bulgaria to represent Canada on the world stage. For Tamara O’Brien, Kyle Carragher and Jared Khalifa, next week’s journey will also feature intense competition, as the TAG Sports Centre threesome look to test their mettle at trampoline and tumbling’s World championships and World Age Group competitions. A member of Team Canada for the past six years, O’Brien has a lengthy resume of foreign competitions to measure her goals and progress with. But helping Canada defend its senior world title — as a first-year member of that senior squad — is a target that remains tied to having a good competition, she said. “There is a lot of expectations going into a meet like this, but dealing with the pressure is 90 per cent mental and 10 per cent physical,” said the Coquitlam native, who will celebrate her 17th birthday in Bulgaria next week. “I’m just so excited and blessed to be representing Canada, just really thrilled to be able to compete at a meet of this calibre.” Having made her world age group debut six years ago, O’Brien brings a level of knowledge and experience that both Carragher and Khalifa can envy. While she will be competing in the double-mini at the senior worlds, past achievements will definitely provide some of the fodder. However, she points out that while the competition gets tougher, her focus is on her own routine — which is also continuously getting ramped up. “For me, it’s not about watching others around me, but I just have to stay positive and LISA KING/NOW remember my preparation... My routine is get- TAG Sports Centre’s, from left, Kyle Carragher, Tamara O’Brien and Jared Khalifa will ting tougher but I’m in a good place right now,” head to Bulgaria next week to compete at the world and age group championships. noted the Grade 12 Centennial student. However, he heads to the event having quali- istic gymnast expects to absorb as many things A year ago, she won the Indo-Pacific doublemini title in Australia. To go the next step and fied in all three events — trampoline, tumbling from the Bulgaria meet as possible. “Since this is my first world age group in all earn a spot on the Canadian senior team — and double-mini — a rare feat on the interthree events I want to do my best possible — if national circuit. while eyeing a spot at the 2016 “It’s the first time for me in I get on the podium, all the better.” Olympic Games — was part of a To see Carragher in action, rich and gruelling process. Making his world age group debut is Khalifa, scan this page with Layar all three, so I’m aiming to just do my absolute best,” remarked a 16-year-old Vancouverite. “It definitely makes me want the 16-year-old Riverside stumore,” she said of her past Since making the transition from artistic dent. “Tumbling and double- gymnastics to trampoline and tumbling eight accomplishments. “I’m not mini are definitely my strengths years ago, the aim has been to touch the highgoing to say I don’t know what but I’ve put a lot of work into my est peaks in the sport. Bulgaria represents the to expect, but every competition trampoline and I’ve improved a first of hopefully many. is new. “You want to reach the next level and do lot in the past year.” “I love trampoline,” the McGee Secondary At the same Indo-Pacific meet last year, he student said. “When I first tried it I thought this your best at all times.” For PoCo’s Carragher, being part of Canada’s topped his division’s tumbling competition and was where I was meant to be.” placed second in double-mini. The former art- CONTINUED ON PAGE 20 World Age Group team is nothing new.

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Riverside ramp up for Red Serge challenge They haven’t made it easy on themselves, despite being gracious hosts. The Riverside Rapids are facing a veritable who’s who of AAAA senior girls volleyball in B.C. when their annual Red Serge Classic kicks off today (3:30 p.m.) in PoCo. The No. 7ranked Rapids have slotted themselves in Pool A, where the mix includes No. 1 South Delta, No. 2 South Kamloops and No. 3 Handsworth. While it could easily go south with such a lineup, Riverside coach Bryan Gee says this season is all about facing tough tests head-on, as they did with their annual foray to Las Vegas to start the school year.

“Boy, was that an experience,” recalled Gee, who is overseeing a squad with just two Grade 12s and 11 Gr. 11s. “We played the No. 5-ranked team in the U.S.... Every team we played could be a top-five team at any level in B.C.” This year’s roster is based on that Grade 11 core, provincial-level standouts like setter Hayley Menard and outside hitters Miranda Dinwoodie and Taryn Toscani. Team captains are rightside Christine Anderson, Menard and senior Chloe Haner. Although youthful and coming off an eighth-place result at last year’s B.C.s, the Rapids continually set sights high — no matter the composition of the roster.

“Being a young team our goal is to do as well as we can, but over the next three years the cycle should be where we are young and strong,” he noted. “Our juniors are ranked No. 2 in the province, and [the senior team] is learning how to deal with adverse situations. That’s what the Red Serge is all about.” The two-day event begins at 3:30 p.m. at Riverside, with the host playing No. 5-rated Lord Tweedsmuir. The other local team, Pinetree, kicks off the proceedings against No. 4-ranked Earl Marriott at 4:45 p.m. Riverside closes out the opening day in a tilt against South Delta. Action picks up Saturday at 9 a.m., with Pinetree facing previously ranked Penticton. The tourney final is slated for 5:45 p.m.

TAG trio bounding to Bulgaria CONTINUED FROM PAGE 19 Both O’Brien and Carragher have shared their international experiences and observations, which Khalifa said will help him shake off some of the nervousness he anticipates to arise as he stands before a large, foreign crowd. “They are both such great teammates and training partners that I really feel comfortable making this move,” he said. “We’re there for each other, to provide motivation and a healthy rivalry. “They’ve told me that it’s going to be a lot bigger than I could imagine.” Also going, as a coach for Canada’s world age

group team, is TAG’s Barb Fraser. She is extremely pleased for the three and expects them to focus on their individual performances. “There’s a lot of pressure going into this competition, both at Tamara’s (senior worlds) and Kyle and Jared’s (world age group) events,” said Fraser. “With Canada the defending champion there is a lot of pressure going in, so [O’Brien] has done a lot of work, worked through a foot injury to earn this spot. “Both Tamara and Kyle bring past experience with them but each competition increases in difficulty. They have a lot of experience but it doesn’t make it easier.”

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Onni proudly presents the final two opportunities to own at Victoria Hill, New Westminster’s award-winning community. The picturesque 65-acre site offers more than 40 acres of green space, 120 species of old growth trees, breathtaking views and easy access to Queen’s Park.

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604.523.0733 | ONNI.COM Renderings are artist interpretation only. Pricing and incentives are subject to change without notice. Please see an Onni sales representative for details. E. & O.E.

The Tri-Cities NOW November 1 2013  

The Tri-Cities NOW November 1 2013

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