Vancouver BC,December 9,2008: The Jamaican Bobsleigh Team is set to arrive at their new North American training base in Pemberton B.C. this weekend.
The team is establishing Pemberton as the Official North American Training Camp of the Jamaican Bobsleigh Team, at the invitation of the town and its residents. The team plans to use the town as its base for its practice and preparations for the upcoming Whistler World Cup in February, as well as other races around the world leading up to their qualifying for the 2010 Winter Olympics.
The team will arrive at the Vancouver airport at 3:49 PM on Saturday December 13, 2008 (domestic terminal) and is expected to be greeted by a large group of Jamaica bobsleigh fans and supporters.
The team will then travel to Pemberton where an official welcome is scheduled for 1:30PM on Sunday, December 14, at the Pemberton Community Centre. Later on Sunday, the team will tour the Whistler Sliding Centre from 4:30PM to 5:30PM. The team will be available for media interviews in Pemberton after the community reception or in Whistler prior to the sliding centre tour.
“We are delighted to be hosting the Jamaican Bobsleigh Team here in our beautiful town” said Jordan Sturdy, the Mayor of Pemberton. “We are all great fans of their story and legacy, and especially admire their great competitive spirit. We are confident that Pemberton’s ideal location near all the worldclass facilities that they need to prepare for the World Cup as well as the Olympics will be a contributing factor in the team’s success over the next year.”
The members of the 2009/2010 Jamaican Bobsleigh Team are:
Wayne Thomas, Coach Hannukkah Wallace, Driver Joel Alexander Marvin Dixon Garnett Jones Wayne Blackwood
In addition, Devon Harris, the captain of the original Jamaica bobsleigh team whose story was told in the hit Disney film CoolRunnings, will be at the Vancouver airport as well as in Pemberton over the next few days advising the team.
“We are excited and appreciative at the generous offer made to us by our new friends in Pemberton,” stated Dudley C. Talmage (‘Tal”) Stokes, the president of the Jamaican Bobsleigh Federation. “We are confident that our time in Pemberton will allow us to focus and prepare better than anywhere else in the world for our upcoming events as we go all out for the next Olympics.”
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Published: Friday, November 28, 2008
Phones are still ringing at Tourism Whistler’s booking office, offering some hope to a waning Whistler real estate market.
“Our real estate activity does flow from our tourism activity,” Patrick Kelly, an agent at the Whistler Real Estate Co., said in an interview, “particularly where the international — American and European — market is concerned.”
“If they don’t come [to visit], we don’t sell to them.”
At Tourism Whistler, McDonald said operators at the resort are bracing for a slower 2008-09 season compared with the 2007-08 season. Forecasts are for five to 12 per cent fewer visitors than the previous year.
However, they have been marketing aggressively and offering deep discounts to attract early bookings and mitigate those expected visitor reductions, and indications are that some of those efforts are paying off.
He said the United Kingdom tour operators are reporting that their winter sales to all Canadian resorts are down, but they are down the least for Whistler.
McDonald said officials believe that is because of growing awareness of Whistler’s status as co-host of the 2010 Olympics.
Whistler Blackcomb’s new peak-to-peak gondola, which will transport skiers from the top of one mountain to the other and opens Dec. 12, is another amenity the resort hopes will be an advantage in attracting visitors this season.
McGregor said that over recent years, the Whistler real estate market peaked in 2003-04, then dropped considerably in 2005 before picking up again in 2006.
As for the longer term, he said new developments such as the upgrade of the Sea to Sky highway will stand the resort in good stead.
For now though, McGregor said that if sellers “have a valid reason to sell, it’s a solid market, but most definitely a buyers’ market.”
TOP 10 SALES FOR 2008
· 6715 Crabapple Drive $17.5 million
· 4669 Blackcomb Way $6.7 million
· 6669 Crabapple Drive $3.93 million
· 4922 Horstman Lane $3.88 million
· 9101 Summer Lane $3.61 million
· 3441 Heron Place $3.6 million
· 5750 Alta Lake Road $3.38 million
· 1534 Spring Creek Dr. $2.8 million
· 4299 Blackcomb Way $2.8 million
· 4700 Glacier Drive $2.75 million
TOP 10 SALES FOR 2007
· 6717 Crabapple Drive $10 million
· 82-4617 Blackcomb Way $6.8 million
· 81- 4617 Blackcomb Wa $6.5 million
· 7425 Treetop Lane $6.3 million
· 71-4617 Blackcomb Way $5.8 million
· 3586 Falcon Crescent $5.6 million
· 3851 Sunridge Court $5.3 million
· 3805 Sunridge Place $5.25 million
· 5468 Stonebridge Place $4.5 million
· 4937 Horstman Lane $4.4 million
Average prices for detached homes in Whistler:
Year Avg Price
· 2000 $695,654
· 2001 $796,247
· 2002 $1,055,308
· 2003 $1,181,906
· 2004 $1,384,904
· 2005 $1,305,276
· 2006 $1,364,775
· 2007 $1,370,017
· 2008 $1,299,802
Source: Landcor Data Corp.
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