Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 14, 1975, Lethbridge, Alberta
Games lodging officials expect weekend visitor crush EDGAR WISS WITH STARTING PISTOL Photo clock can't tell skater's bum from blades Even the most ignorant sport fan can tell the difference between a speedskater's rear end and his skates. But [or a photo-electric cell attached to an Omega electronic timer at the Sportsplex speedskating oval, there's no difference. Omega representative Alex Cheng, here from California to advise Games officials on the use of his company's sophisticated electronic timing devices, uses the speedskater's bum to show the fallibility of electronic timers. During Wednesday's speedskating.competition, Mr. Cheng 'a ska ter fell just before the finish line and slid fanny first through the photo cell. "Legally, the clock should stop when a skater's blade cross- es the finish line. "But in this case, the photo cell couldn't tell the skater's rear end from his improving his time. PHOTO CELL All sports that are electronically timed speedskating, alpine and crosscountry skiing also have back-up manual timing, he adds. The co-owner of Seagull Enterprises of Los Altos, Calif., which holds the North American franchise for Omega timers, says another incident at the speedskating oval Wednesday points up the special demands placed on race organizers by these "new gadgets." After a race started, someone skated from the sidelines through a photo cell at the finish line, automatically stopping the digital clock timing a skater. For Mr. Cheng and Edgar Wiss, on loan to Seagull from Omega's Swiss factory, Wednesday was a day of ironing out bugs in timing gizmos. A starting pistol, wired directly to the computer which times athletes, refused to fire on cue. "Once in a while we get a bad pistol. Starting pistols are not super precision instruments: So we changed the pistol and everything went says Mr. Cheng. DIGITAL STOPWATCHES In addition to the electronic timers, which print out results in thousands of a second, the men from Omega have also brought 50 digital stopwatches to the Games. These stopwatches, he adds, "are the first major improve- ment in stopwatches in 100 years." Because they give a digital readout "you have no possible misinterpretation." New city buses to arrive in time for Games Two new 51-passenger diesel buses are expected to be delivered to the city transit system late Sunday and put into service next week. John Frouws, Transit Jazz band, singers to entertain The Nova Scotia Jazz Band and Anne Campbell Singers will be at centre stage Sunday with a concert at the Yates Centre. The free performance, sponsored by the western hospitality committee for the Winter Games, will begin at p.m. The jazz band will also play at the pancake breakfast in the Exhibition Pavilion earlier Sunday. On Monday entertainment will be Southminster United Church with the Tanner Sisters, formerly of Lethbridge, presenting a "musical The free classical music presentation will begin at p.m. Superintendent, said the 000 buses, ordered by the city in December, 1973, left General Motors London, Ont. factory Thursday. Mr. Frouws reported the free Canada Games bus ser- vice is going over well, with the transit system carrying many more passengers than usual. The transit system will also provide extended service this Sunday, he said. Sunday service will be as follows: Routes 1 and 1A, every 20 minutes from 6 a.m. to mid- night; Route 2, every 30 minutes from 7 a.m. to midnight; Route 3, every 3d minutes from 7 a.m. to midnight; Route 4, every 30 minutes from 6 a.m. to midnight; Routes 5 and 5A, every 20 minutes from 6 a.m. to mid- night; U of L and West- Lelhbridge normal week- day service; Route 4A, service provid- ed by routes 4, 5 and 5A. Passengers seeking further information may contact the transit office or ask drivers. Free service will continue to the end of the Winter Games. The crush of Winter Games spectators expected to flood Lelhbridge for the Games has fail- ed to materialize yet. Games lodging officials are look- ing to the two weekends to bring most of the Games'speclators to Lethbridge from out of town. "So far we haven't prebooked as many people as we thought we would have says lodging boss Gayle Jensen. "Motels and hotels have been culling us and saying they have space "But it should be noted, to make hotelman happy, that we are referring inquiries to hotels first." The Games lodging bureau, housed at Henderson Lake swimm- ing pool, has already handled some GOO inquiries from incoming Games fans. "We got our idea about the number of visitors from Saskatoon (site of the 1971 Winter Games) and they talked about says Mr. Jensen. He attributes the seemingly small number of visitors to "peo- ple staying with relatives" and "people staying out of town. "We're probably not getting a lesser number, because visitors are spread out all the way from to Taber to Pincher Creek." Mr. Jensen says the lodging of- fice has compiled a list of about 300 Lethbridge residents willing to billet visitors in their homes. Second Section The Uthbridge Herald Lethbridge, Alberta, Friday, February 14, 1975 Pages 19-36 Strong hearts attributed to farm life South's people fitter than most. Canadians By GEORGE STEPHENSON Herald Staff Writer Southern Albertans scored higtler than the average Canadian on fitness tests run throughout the South dur- ing the past few weeks, the Sport Canada fitness tester said Thursday. Richard Dean, who has done the testing in conjunc- tion with the Sport Canada Caravan, said most of the 150 people tested in this area scored average or above average. The caravan has been travelling to the different Winter Games sites putting on sports demonstrations and operating the fitness test. Although directors of" the caravan admitted there is a demand for fitness .testing, the tests will not be operated during the Games. George Festeryga, director of the caravan, said the fitness testing equipment was set up in Lethbridge before travelling to the rural areas. Only sports demonstrations will be undertaken during the Games. The fitness testing by Sport Canada was an experimental project'. -If the Verdict on it is favorable it will likely become a major part of Sport Canada's activities. Mr. Dean said the reception the. tests received from Southern Albertans was favorable and the testing could not keep up to the number of people wishing to be evaluated. Although those who did receive the test scored relatively high, Mr. Dean said, there is still a great need in the South and Canada for a greater awareness of physical health. He explained the tests here were only comparing Southern Albertans with other Canadians. If they were com- pared with results from Euro- pean countries, they might not look as favorable. The results here showed most people tested had strong hearts and circulatory systems which could be attributed to many of them being from farms and rural areas, he said. The test for body fat, includ- ed in the overall evaluation, showed itself to a weak area for many Southern Albertans. "But it was more of a firm- ing up of the body that most people needed, not Mr. .Bean explained. The tests got an excellent cross-section of people from young to old and a good balance of male and female. Each test takes from 20 to 30 minutes and this resulted in only 150 people being evaluated during the facility's swing through the South. If the fitness test joins the caravan it will travel across Canada with the van giving free evaluations. It was picked up for this trip by Sport Canada after the organization found there was a demand for a test facility for the average Canadian. Mr. Festeryga says the organization recruited Mr. Dean from George Brown College in Toronto, where he is a student in the physical fitness instructors' course. The test, run by Mr. Dean, includes 10 minutes of peddl- ing on a stationary cycle to measure fitness of the heart, flexibility tests of the upper and lower limbs, fat tests to determine how much excess fat is on the body and what a person should weigh and tests to determine lung capacity and strength. WALTER KERBERpholo Sisters in the swim A sell-out crowd at Stan Siwik Pool Thursday night watched Prince Edward Island swimmers Heather and Jane MacMillan earn a seventh-place finish for their graceful performance in the synchronized swimming duets. More court reporters sought for Lethbridge Herald Legislature Bureau EDMONTON Officials from the attorney-general's department will be in Lethbridge next week to recruit at least two more court reporters, says the deputy attorney general. The department wants to add two reporters to the over- burdened Lethbridge court system immediately, Bill McLean says. While one of the new per- sons may serve only on an in- terim basis, two more reporters are to be recruited when they graduate from a course at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology in May. The possible additions would bring the court reporting staff in Lethbridge to six. Four Lelhbridee-based court reporters now cover three levels of court in the Lethbridge, Fort Macleod and RETURNING OFFICERS NAMED FOR ELECTION Returning officers have been named for most of the 75 constituencies in Alberta in preparation for the provincial election. In Lethbridge West the returning officer is Ernest Mardon, a U of L English professor. In Lethbridge East it's David C. Elford, retired, of 1810 15th Ave. S. Other returning officers named in the South are: Taber-Warner, Tomas Addy of Taber; Macleod, Artun E. Fjordbotten of Granum; Cardslon, Melva Christensen of Magrath; Pincher Creek-Crowsnest, Gustaf W. Eriksson of Blairmore. The appointments are announced in the current issue of the Alberta Gazette. Westcastle skiing gets under way today Men's and women's slalom racers took to the slopes this morning to compete in the first Winter Games alpine ski events at Westcastle. Alpine events at the ski hill, 28 miles west of Pincher Creek, were cancelled Wednesday because of deep snow and Thursday because of unstable snow conditions which avalanched the Beaver Mines Westcastle road. Ski venue manager Dan McKim said this morning that slalom events originally scheduled for Thursday will be run today. Snow conditions are stable today, he said. Men's and women's giant slalom racing, originally slated for Wednesday, will be held Saturday. The qualifying rounds for men's and women's dual slalom, to have been held today, have been scrubbed completely. Results from today's slalom competition will be used to qualify racers for the exciting dual slalom event Sunday. The road into Westcastle, which has been plowed regularly by highways graders, is reported to be in good condition. Tickets for Wednesday and Thursday skiing events are being honored at the hill today. Medicine Hat judicial dis- tricts. Recent articles -in The Herald outlined the problems staff shortages are causing. In one case a preliminary hearing was set over for 2V4 months because no court reporters were available. One Lethbridge lawyer has called the situation desperate. Lethbridge's senior court reporter Rollie Jardine said today "we could use two more court reporters" to alleviate the situation. Champion students starving CHAMPION (HNS) -Eigh- teen Grade 9 students of the Champion Junior High School will-hold a "starve-in" this weekend to focus attention on world starvation. It will start at 12 noon Fri- day and end at 6 p.m. Satur- day. Proceeds will be turned over'to the United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund. Language arts teacher COLIN SHAW phoio Dominic Verdone says local citizens are sponsoring the on the button students with pledges of donations at so much per hour Easing her shot to (he button, Pamela Clark, lead of "starvation." Or they can of the Newfoundland curling team, helps her rock along make .outright donations. with a look of serious concentration.