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Rotarians support new swimmers from Ukraine

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The Drumheller Rotary Club showed support for two members of the Canadian Badlands Aquatic Club, who are newly arrived from Ukraine. They made a donation of $1,000 to help support the young swimmers attending swim meets throughout the season. At the presentation are (l-r) mother of swimmer Yuliia Masiuk, CBAC head coach Brenda Davies, CBAC swimmer Tymur Nyzhnyk, 9, and Rotarians Madison Colberg and Linda Fisher.


Soccer wraps up season

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The Drumheller soccer club wrapped up its spring soccer season and had its largest registration to date with just over 150 kids aged 5-14 sign up. Soccer was played every Tuesday and Thursday for the past seven weeks with many in and out-of-town competitive travel games on the weekends. Soccer is the fastest growing youth sport in Canada and it’s certainly true in Drumheller. The association is grateful for the many sponsors that stepped up to support their players as they pursued the game. The association has refurbished its benches for spectators and are wrapping up its irrigation repairs then building up the soil and planting new grass that should be ready for our fall season that starts Tuesday, September 12.

Sold out Grand Fondo Badlands takes on valley

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A sold-out Grand Fondo Badlands took to the streets on Saturday morning, July 8.
The Grand Fondo has become a staple in the valley and attracts riders from all over the province. This year it took on a new life as TransRockies Race Series became the host. With that came a record field of over 800 riders at the event, all there to take on the scenic but challenging terrain of the badlands.
“We have done lots of other fondos before. We used to organize the Grand Fondo Highwood pass, we also organized one down in Moab, Utah. Other than that, we do mountain biking events, trail riding events gravel cycling events,” said President and Chief Cycling Officer, Aaron McConnell. “I had a chance to ride the course before I knew we were taking it over, so I knew it was a beautiful route.”
In talks with the previous organizer and knowing how good the ride was, he said they were open to taking it on.
Smiles were abound on the course as the riders took off at different intervals for the four distances in a non-competitive race. There was a great cross-section of riders, from seasoned veterans to many taking on a distance ride for the first time.
With such a success at their first event was a boon for the organizers, but McConnell says they believe there is room to grow.

“We just want to see how things work this year and maybe see where there is room to grow as long as we can keep the experience really good, we will grow if we can,” said McConnell.
While the Fondo saw 800 bikes on the course in one day, residents have noticed the growth of cycling in the valley for a few years. Both with locals and riders coming to enjoy the Badlands and river valley.
“We have been organizing events for a long time. Events have that ability to create a reputation for a community around a sport. A lot of people wouldn’t have known this is a road cycling destination without first being attracted to the event,” said McConnell.


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