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Tucker, from Fort Saskatchewan competed in the X-Treme Retrieve event last weekend. Photo: Adrienne Tait
Three club records set at X-Treme AirDogs




competition in Edson




by: Adrienne Tait will be handling Grant's dog Wilson (black Labrador success of our most recent event we decided to
Retriever) as a junior handler will all be competing. reschedule and offer a full weekend of fun filled
The Edson X-Treme AirDogs (XAD) club hosted a Riggs and Wilson are no strangers to the competition,” said Grant.
competition in Edson during the weekend of August 8 competition having performed well last year. Looking towards the future, the club would like to
“Both Riggs (Karen Murray) and Wilson (Ryan
and 9 with 35 teams from three provinces and one Chouinard) have continued to improve and recently work with other organizations in the area to obtain
territory competing.
and utilize an indoor facility to allow for year round
SPORTS including a new Canadian record for fastest X-Treme three games,” said Grant. to include ground games like agility and flyball and
The Weekly ANCHOR During the event three new club records were set set new Canadian records and personal bests in all training. “For the move to take place we would need
“Karin Chouinard and Drake won the Semi Pro
retrieve for Ryan Chouinard and Wilson who came in
work closely with those clubs to help cover costs.
at 15.614.
Karen Murray and Riggs set a new Canadian record Division in X-Treme Air and will be strong Water rehabilitation sessions could be offered too. If
contenders in the Semi Pro division along with
all dog related activities could be under one roof our
for highest vertical jump at 7'2” and Taylor Sobchuk's Taylor Sobchuk and Gauge. Gauge won the PAC organization and local clubs could help continue to
dog Rim set a new Alberta longest jump record in the Series Semi-Pro Division in X-Treme Vertical,” said grow the dog sport community. We potentially could
X-Treme Air event at 26.3 feet. Grant, “Sobchuk's dog Rim is one of the smaller dogs repurpose a vacant space/building as a short/long
2015 marks the third year for the local club whose competing and during the event they broke the term solution if an opportunity exists. It would be
members have garnered success within the sport. Alberta record twice in X-Treme Air and tied the nice to be able to operate during the winter even if it
“People are surprised to learn that jumping your dog XAD Canada record with a jump of 26.1 and 26.3 is only for two or three months,” said Grant.
off a dock is actually an organized sport with different feet.” Anyone interested in more information is invited to
disciplines,” said Aaron Grant who is the Canadian The club will be hosting their annual club challenge contact Aaron Grant at aaron.grant@x-
Director for X-Treme AirDogs in Western Canada as September 18-20. “It was originally scheduled for tremeairdogs.com , visit the website at x-
well as the organizer and trainer for the Edson club. only one day on Sunday, September 13th. With the tremeairdogs.com, or check them out on Facebook.
Performance Aquatic Canine(s), or PACs, is the
term used to identify training locations known as
“PAC sites.”
Due to the success of the PAC program X-Treme
AirDogs Canada expanding their circuit in Western
Canada and will be getting a mobile competition
trailer and pool that can be setup for trade shows,
festivals, exhibitions, and fairs.
“Our PAC program has been a huge success in
Edson and has helped develop some of the best
jumping dogs in Western Canada. Dock jumping also
compliments the other activities available to the dog
community in Alberta. We have a strong following in
the region and have participants who travel frequently
from Edmonton/Central Alberta to practice and
compete. XAD is the only organization that offers this
type of dedicated training in Alberta. We are
expanding into Saskatchewan and adding at least two
more locations in B.C. for 2016,” said Grant.
Four local handlers from the Edson PAC will make
up five teams to represent Canada at the world
championship in Salem, Oregon on Labour Day
weekend. Corinne Dziuba with Timber from Yellowknife, NWT was just one of the competitors in Edson last
Karen Murray with her dog Riggs (a Shepard cross),
Taylor Sobchuk with Rim and Gauge (both Chocolate Karin Chouinard with dog Drake gets set to compete in the X-Treme event last weekend. Chouinard weekend to compete in the X-Treme AirDogs event. Photo: Adrienne Tait
Labrador Retrievers), Karin Chouinard with Drake (a will be one of four local people heading to Salem Oregon on Labour Day weekend to compete in the X-
black German Shepard), and Ryan Chouinard who Treme AirDogs world championships. Photo: Adrienne Tait

Local wrestlers on Team Alberta bring home medals


by Deanna Mitchener 11. Alberta picked up coaching staff and families for all the alternates, it was a very on a lot of practice on the
team silvers for both the accommodated by their wrestlers including the busy house,” said same basic techniques,"
Amy Hill and Xanna boys and girls. The boys Carson. said Beran.
Beran took in a number team were narrowly “The girls were exposed "At the start of
of wrestling camps edged out for gold. BC to really great coaches September the Edson
throughout the summer, claimed gold for both from Team Alberta. They Gladiators Wrestling
including Calgary, teams. Amy also won an also received some great Club will be starting up
Rocky Mountain House, individual bronze," said coaching from the practices dedicated to
Grande Prairie, a week Carson Beran, coach University coaches from making the Alberta
in Jasper, and Amy got to w i t h t h e E d s o n the U of A and the U of C. Winter Games (kids
go to California for a Gladiators Wrestling The biggest positive was born between 2001 and
week. Club. the exposure to all the 2003) .We are hoping to
The two girls were both "I have been to a different coaching styles send a strong contingent
on Team Alberta, and couple of the camps and knowing regardless from Edson for the Zone
Xana was an alternate. where we were treated to Amy Hill and Xana Beran with Team Alberta of the coach, they were 5 Team," said coach
"They just finished the some great hospitality by Wrestling picked up silver medals at a learning that all coaches Beran.
tournament on August the Grande prairie tournament on August 11. place the same emphasis
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