The Way it Was; Kimberley in December 1959

Courtesy of the Kimberley Heritage Museum archives

KIMBERLEY NEWS December 22, 1959

Ski Races To Start Here Wednesday Morning

A berth on Canada’s Olympic ski team will be at stake tomorrow when members of the national ski training team start racing.

The races will get underway at 10:00 a.m. and results of all races will be kept with the eventual cream of the crop winners making the Olympic team.

Both men and women will be participating tomorrow.

Sam Wormington, manager of North Star ski hill where the races will take place said all races will be open to the public to watch. He said all skiers have been getting in some fine workouts and they are expected to click off some pretty fast times.

For many of the athletes it will mean just about the biggest thing in their lives and months and years of hard training pay off.

Winning or losing a race here will not necessarily decide who is to be on the Olympic team as performances between now and the time the team goes to the USA will be studied by coaches and managers.

There will also be downhill races at 10:00 a.m. Saturday and a giant slalom on Sunday and more races Monday.

Also on Sunday at 1:30 p.m. there will be some exhibition ski jumping at the Lower Blarchmont jump where one of the world’s best jumpers will be in action.

Torbjorn Yeggeseth, Norway’s number one choice to capture a gold medal at the Olympic games will give spectators something to hold their breath about as he leaps more than 200 feet into space.

Also in training here on the jump is Tore Fargaas, Nowway’s junior champion two years in a row in Nordic and Chris Selbeck, who is on the national team but not allowed to represent Canada at the Olympics because he is not a naturalized citizen.

“Good, a nice hill to jump on”, and “A sharp place to practice,” were some of the enthusiastic remarks made as they returned from their primary jump. They will be jumping more seriously by the end of the week.

Clem Thompson Elected Mayor of Kimberley

R.C. (Clem) Thompson is the new Mayor of Kimberley. Clem pulled off the major upset last week when he defeated incumbent mayor Cliff Swan.

Cliff Swan has been mayor of Kimberley since its incorporation in 1944. Mr. Thompson cleected 634 votes compared to 565 for Swan. Walter barber received 27 supporters.

Voters also accepted the $212,000 school bylaw and the $46,000 Morrison subdivision bylaw.

In favour of the school referendum were 1046 while 553 voted against it. In the Morrison subdivision bylaw 832 approved and 352 voted against it.

In the aldermanic race Mark Beduz topped the polls with 945 votes while Dave ure collected 903, the new member to join the council was Don lane with 668.

In the school board race Leighton Warren upset incumbent Eric Whistlecroft. Harry Boradhurst topped the school trustee polls with 1022 votes. Leighton Warren collected 784 and Whistlecroft 537.

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