Provincial bodybuilding championship on tap

KIRK PENTON -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:29 AM ET

If you like big muscles and toned bodies, you'll want to check out Pantages Playhouse Theatre this weekend.

The 2007 provincial bodybuilding, fitness and figure championships take place tomorrow at the downtown theatre.

Former Winnipeg Blue Bombers quarterback Khari Jones will serve as the master of ceremonies, and Viva Capoeira will provide the entertainment. A trade show is also on the docket.

The prejudging begins at 10 a.m., and the finals are slated for 5 p.m. Tickets are available at Ticketmaster.

RUNNERS CAUGHT: The University of Manitoba Bisons women's track and field team has landed five locals in its annual recruiting campaign.

Alice Sherwin, Melanie Gregoire, Kim Bourdun, Andrea Hesketh and Lisa Wong have committed to the Bisons for the upcoming season.

Sherwin, a Churchill grad in 2006, won the half-marathon event at the Manitoba Marathon earlier this week.

Gregoire (Louis-Riel), Bourdun (Shevchenko), Hesketh (Carman) and Wong (Fort Richmond) all had at least two podium finishes at the provincial high school track and field championships earlier this month.

PLAY BALL: Winnipeg's Daniel Worb and Jean-Guy Bilodeau have committed to play at the Vauxhall Academy of Baseball in Vauxhall, Alta., this fall.

Worb is a right-handed pitcher and infielder, while Bilodeau splits his time between third base and catcher.

VAB is a nine-month-old program that is run through Vauxhall High School in the tiny, southern Alberta town.

STRIPES HONOURED: Former Winnipeg basketball referee Allan Rae will be inducted into the FIBA Hall of Fame later this year.

Rae, a member of both the Manitoba and Canada basketball halls of fame, will enter the hall alongside such luminaries as Dean Smith and Bill Russell.

Rae, who now calls Ottawa home, refereed four Olympic Games from 1964 to 1976, three Olympic semifinals and four Pam Am Games contests from 1967 (in Winnipeg) to 1979.

The FIBA Hall of Fame induction ceremony will take place Sept. 12 in Madrid, Spain.

CREAM OF THE CROP: Alyssa Johnson of the Sisler Spartans girls' track and field team and Jenn Falk of Altona's W.C. Miller Aces girls' fastpitch team are the city and rural high school athletes of the week.

Johnson was the junior varsity girls' athlete of the meet at the provincial track and field championships. The Grade 9 sprinter won four gold medals.

Falk, in her Grade 12 year, led the Aces to a bronze medal at the provincial fastpitch championship, where she was named tournament MVP.

MAKING WAVES: Three members of Winnipeg's Bushido water polo program have splashed their way on to their respective national youth teams.

Mitchell Horton will play for the boys' squad, while Shae Fournier and Breda Vosters have cracked the girls' roster. Vosters was named team captain.

Both teams will participate in the 2007 Youth Pan American Championships in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic in August.

FIT AND TRIM: Nineteen Winnipeg-area schools have received up to $500 for new gym equipment after completing the second annual Go Active! Fitness Challenge.

The students were tested on six exercises in the fall and again this spring. Sponsored by McDonald's and the Canadian Olympic Committee, 35 schools and 3,369 students participated in the challenge.

GOING SOUTH: Portage Terriers defenceman Chris Reykdal, a Baldur native, has accepted a scholarship to play hockey for St. Scholastic University in Duluth, Minn., an NCAA Division III institution.

Meanwhile, Neepawa Natives captain Andrew Fisher has committed to the University of Wisconsin-Superior, also an NCAA Div. III school.


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