by Kolby Wynne
For the past fifteen years the Whatcom Disc Golf Club (WDGC) has worked hard to ensure our local disc golf courses stay groomed and ready for players. Within the past three years they’ve seen immense growth, held fundraisers, tournaments, and volunteer work parties.
Ryan Klassen is the current president of the club and provided some great insight into the standard club events, “In a normal year, we run a number of disc golf events. During the week we usually have a random doubles tournament, weekly singles events at various courses, and a few larger tournaments like the Cornwall Classic at Cornwall Park, the Battle at the Border in Blaine, and we usually run a fundraiser for a local charity or food bank called the Ice Bowl.”
With the Whatcom Community College cross-country team’s season just
around the corner, a group of young athletes are preparing to compete
for the first time as an Orca runner. A collective of fourteen athletes
make up the team, six on the women’s and eight on the men’s.
Since the unexpected outbreak of COVID-19, they had to adjust to the
uncertainty and possible disappointment of their season. Intended to
begin in Fall 2020, the cross-country season was postponed. Last
August, was supposed to be their first meet, but also was cancelled due
to safety and precautions.
Coach Jay Sloane said that with the circumstances of this year, there
have been a lot of obstacles to face.
Being a college athlete is hard as it is but being a student athlete in college might just be harder. During a regular season, the Whatcom volleyball team has a packed schedule, but who knew that during a worldwide pandemic, we are still working just as hard.
I’m a returning player for Whatcom’s volleyball team. I played last year as the starting Libero, which is a defensive specialist, for the team, where we placed first in the Northern Region of the Northwestern Athletic Conference and placed in the top eight at the NWAC Championship. We worked hard every day, sometimes practicing up to four hours a day. A lot of people have asked what we are doing to practice as a team while being safe and conscious of COVID-19 guidelines.
Whatcom has officially introduced a Hall of Fame to honor its former athletes, coaches and teams athletic and societal excellence.
The college has opened the door for nominations to be considered by their own selection committee. Danny Day, the current Athletic Director at WCC spoke about his inspiration to form the Hall of Fame.
“Just trying to find the best way we can honor all those alumni and past coaches or contributors through orca athletics.” Day said.
At Whatcom Community College, the athletic department is working hard through the pandemic to prepare for the upcoming sports season. Players and coaches are working closely together to remain competitive in the Northwest Athletic Conference while also keeping player safety a top priority. In an email to WCC Horizon, Head Women’s Soccer Coach Mary Schroeder described some of the issues of continuing to work through a global pandemic.
Schroeder explained how her team was “excited about the opportunity to get some practices in this fall” and described the parameters in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19, which includes athletes being allowed to train in group of up to 6 players, wearing masks and staying socially distanced unless they are participating in strenuous activity.