Stettler youth take top spots in athletics

Back to back  2015/16provincial championship wins at the Youth Bowl Canada 5-pin Tournament garnered 18 year old Nicole Philpot accolades from Mayor Dick Richards as he presented Nicole with a certificate of recognition at the May 17 Stettler Council meeting. The mayor spoke highly of the young ambassadors that represent Stettler on the provincial, national and international stage. ECA Review/D.Johnston

 “I have never broken a bone,” responded International Scooter Association Champion Jared Fraser to Coun. Darcy Bachman about the daring jumps and tricks the 13 year old performs during scooter competitions. Jared dropped into the Stettler Town council meeting May 17 to be recognized by Mayor Dick Richards as one of Stettler’s young ambassadors.

Three young Stettlerites competed on the provincial and national stages recently winning top spots in their sports as well as opportunities to compete nationally.
Thirteen year old Jared Fraser, team scooter rider for Vermin Scooter Shop in Calgary and Madd Gear Pro (MGP), recently won first place in the International Scooter Association Championship held in Coquitlam, BC.

Mayor Dick Richards presented Jared with a certificate of recognition from the town after watching a short video of Jared’s winning scooter moves during the May 17 Stettler council meeting.

Eighteen year old Nicole Philpot also received a recognition certificate from the mayor for her back to back win of Youth Bowl Canada (YBC) 5-Pin Provincial Championships held at Sherwood Park.

Philpot also won in 2015. Because she will turn 19 this year, this will be her final competition year with YBC.
Soon to be 17, Jessa Heatherington is working hard to raise funds to compete in the National Archery in the School Program International All-Star Competition to be held in South Africa in late July. So far, Jessa has earned half of the $3800 required for trip.

Jessa, a William E Hay Grade 11 student, is one of 16 young archers from across Canada to qualify for the Canadian NASP All-Star team.

According to Jessa’s mom, Tanja Heatherington, athletes from 10 countries are attending the competition. The sport is on the short list to appear as a demonstration sport at the next summer Olympics.

Two per cent tax hike
Stettler Town council adopted the 2016 Operating Budget as presented and voted to pass a two per cent tax increase for both residential and non-residential properties.

Assistant CAO Steve Gerlitz presented the balanced budget, which had predicted revenue and expenses of $17,597,127.

Tender awarded
John Hull Architecture was awarded the tender to complete the pre-engineering and design for Phase Two of the Stettler Recreation Centre (SRC) upgrades.

With a mid-range bid of $76,000, with the lowest being $30,000 from Architecture Tkalcic Bengert and the highest being $97,000 from IBI Group, John Hull garnered the highest rating of 86/100 on a points scale.

The points scale included several criteria categories such as design capability, appropriate experience and knowledge of the SRC and the town.

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