Competition – The Langara Voice News, entertainment and sports from Langara College journalism students Sat, 02 Mar 2019 22:25:10 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Competition – The Langara Voice 32 32 Riders prepare for upcoming season Sat, 02 Mar 2019 17:57:26 +0000 As show season approaches, preparations are in full-swing at Southlands Riding Club.]]>

Reported by Jennifer Blake

As show season approaches, preparations are in full-swing at Southlands Riding Club.

Mona Grace Sache plans to participate in multiple shows throughout the spring and summer. These days, the 13-year old has been riding her horse Eddison D every day for an hour.

“We work on muscling Eddison up, getting his cardio back,” Mona Grace said. “Then I work on muscling myself up and getting fitter myself so I can ride him properly for the shows.”

Southlands will hold its first Spring show on March 2.

“I’m riding three to four horses a day, and I’m teaching as well as helping around the barn and managing,” said riding instructor Deborah Bell, who plans on competing this year as well.

Preparing in any condition

Bell said the recent snowstorms have made preparations difficult, due to bad roads and frozen footing.

“Giving our horses any more than two or three days off is hard. They really struggle mentally without getting out, getting proper exercise,” Bell said.

Bell said that Southlands Riding Club members work all winter to refine the horses’ and riders’ skills.

Mona Grace has a team including her coach and mother to help prepare for shows.

“It’s a family passion,” said Christine Sache, Mona Grace’s mother.

Mona Grace said her coach provides a lot of emotional and physical support during show season, and said Bell was “very helpful to her.”

“It’s great to work with the horses and the riders as athletes and develop them,” Bell said of her riders.

A girl’s best friend

But Mona Grace said some one-on-one time with Eddison D is equally important.

“I do like having time just with my horse to get myself prepared for the show,” she said.

Mona Grace said she had to build a relationship with her horse in order to understand what he needs from her.

“He likes having a connection with one certain person,” said Mona Grace, who one day dreams of working up from local competitions to the world class Fédération Equestre Internationale events.

Team BC Loses Out at the Wheelchair Rugby Invitationals Fri, 16 Mar 2018 19:11:44 +0000 After losing all five of its games at the Vancouver Invitational Wheelchair Rugby Tournament, Team BC will need to turn things around as it focuses on the upcoming Canadian nationals in May.]]>

Reported by Cameron Thomson

After losing all five of its games at the Vancouver Invitational Wheelchair Rugby Tournament, Team BC will need to turn things around as it focuses on the upcoming Canadian nationals in May.

With a final score of 56-36 for the Alberta Roughnecks on Sunday, the British Columbians placed fourth at the tournament hosted by South Vancouver-based BC Wheelchair Sports Association. The event was held at the Richmond Olympic Oval last weekend where eight teams from across North America competed over three days.

BC Wheelchair Sports Association communications coordinator Nathan Bragg said the team were the underdogs of the competition but maintained a high level of effort throughout.

“As the game went on though, [Team] BC did a really good job of staying calm and weathering the storm and just continuing to fight regardless of how things were going to go,” he said.

More chances to win

Ian Chan, head coach for Team BC has a full regimen to prepare his team for nationals, which will take place in Calgary from May 25 to May 27.

“The Canadian nationals are kind of our Stanley Cup for the season,” Chan said. “We have practices, training camps and select tournaments that prepare us to perform.”

After nationals, at least three members from Team BC will be competing at the 2018 Canada Cup International Wheelchair Rugby Tournament on June 11 to 18, also held at the Richmond Olympic Oval.

Ability depends on mobility

Bragg said wheelchair rugby involves athletes of various levels of ability.

“Wheelchair rugby was created as an alternative to wheelchair basketball for athletes that have impairment in their upper limbs as well as their lower limbs,” Bragg said.

He described how each player is given a certain rating depending on their mobility. These ratings can have a large impact on team makeup and the strategy teams employ, as well as the type of chair they use to compete.

“They get tested on the arms, their trunk, their hands,” Bragg said. “Your lower point players generally will operate like your offensive lineman in football, they’ll be setting picks, they’ll be setting screens and opening up lanes for the higher functioning athletes to go through.”

Positions for Langara Men’s Soccer Team Limited Thu, 01 Mar 2018 18:30:43 +0000 With a new soccer season for the Langara Falcons men’s soccer team rapidly approaching, both returning and new players are fighting for limited spots on the team.]]>

Reported by Agazy Mengesha

This coming Sunday, an exhibition game against Thompson Rivers University will be held as a tryout for the final spots.

But with over half of the players from last season’s team trying out again, not as many new players will be joining the team.

Marc Rizzardo, head coach for over 30 years, said while returning players are not guaranteed a position on the team, they have a better chance because he has already worked with them and knows how they play.

However, Rizzardo said he is always looking for new players.

“Certain players are invited to come play with us and other players are just what we call walk-ons. They’ll contact me, they’re new to the country or new to the school,” Rizzardo said. “So there’s a combination.”

No guarantees for returning players

Joey Ratcliffe, a returning player for the Langara Falcons, attended the tryouts and training camps so he could secure his position.

“You hope that as a player that’s been on the team previously that you’ve earned your spot for the following year, but there’s always the option you get cut,” he said.

Vlad Prystay was on the Falcons’ team last year, but was unable to try out for this season due to a broken ankle.

“I actually saw a lot of competition between all of the new players,” said Prystay about his experience in past years. He said that not many new players make it through to the team, so stakes between them are high, creating tension.



Faculty photographer flying to Sochi to capture “mind-blowing emotion” Thu, 06 Feb 2014 02:29:23 +0000
Photography instructor Chris Morris teaching a class
Photography instructor Chris Morris teaching a class

Langara photography instructor Christopher Morris hopped on a plane to Sochi on Feb. 3 to photograph the world’s best athletes.

This will be the third Olympic Games Morris has attended and photographed.

While security in Sochi is a hot topic, Morris was more concerned about going overweight on his checked bags.

“I just think that Sochi will be the safest place, if not [just] in Russia, then in the world during the Olympics,” Morris said.

Education and history

A native of Montreal, he was originally enrolled at Carleton University to become a lawyer.

He left after finishing his second year of a political science degree and worked as an assistant in a friend’s photography studio.

He found his passion in photojournalism after watching the 1983 movie Under Fire, starring Nick Nolte.

“I saw that movie and I realized that not only did I want to be a photographer, I wanted to be a photojournalist,” he said.

Early in his career, Morris worked for The Canadian Press in Montreal under photo editor and chief photographer Bill Grimshaw.

According to Grimshaw, Morris’ work ethic at the time was nothing special.

“He was lazy . . . I guess he just needed to be pushed out of the nest because I saw him two years later and his stuff was really good,” Grimshaw said.

Olympic coverage 

Morris worked his first Olympic Games in Vancouver with the visual media licencing company Corbis.

They were impressed with his work, so when Morris asked to cover the Olympics in London, they agreed. Corbis is now sending him to his third Olympic Games in Sochi.

Even with more than 25 years of photography experience and two Olympic Games under his belt, Morris is still awed by his surroundings

Heading to Sochi is an expansion of what he lives to do, he said.

“One of the hardest things for a photographer to capture is emotion and after every final there’s just phenomenal, incredible, mind-blowing emotion.”

Reported by Madelyn Forsyth