Oh those grandkids….They do keep us young. Such was the case for Olive MacIntosh of Williamsburg, who, with her daughter Marilyn and son-in-law Jim (Adams) visited her granddaughters Kylie and Katherine in British Columbia in September. In addition to a visit to Whistler and a tour of the Olympic site, the family took Olive, who turned 84 just last week, ziplining. Granddaughter Katherine works for Ziptrek Eco Tours, a world leader in the design, development and operation of zipline-based eco adventures. The company’s flagship location is in Whistler. Top left, Olive gives a thumbs up as she is about to take off. Left she is pictured with son-in-law Jim Adams and above she is photographed as she ziplines through the treetops.
The busy schedule that Luke Whitteker has endured over the past year continued on the weekend of January 21-22, as he traveled to Charlotte, North Carolina for the annual Performance PR Plus Driver Advancement Marketing Summit held on the site of the NASCAR Hall of Fame.
Whitteker arrived in Charlotte on Friday afternoon, and spent the day touring the Charlotte area which is the hub of the Stock Car Racing World with virtually all NASCAR race teams located in close proximity to the Queen City.
Killing some time during the day had endless possibilities.
Saturday was the first day of the Summit, and Whitteker and other aspiring racers listened to former NASCAR crew chief and current broadcaster Larry McReynolds talk to the group, as well as open wheel racer Townsend Bell, who opened a sponsorship coaching program in 2009 to help drivers, teams and sponsors maximize their sponsorship efforts.
After hearing stories, and sharing marketing tips from McReynolds and Bell, the group then met up with NASCAR superstar Jeff Gordon and retired driver Ricky Craven.
Craven was hosting a press event that would see the unveiling of Gordon’s 20th Anniversary edition Dupont car for the 2012 season.
“It was a very exciting event to be a part of. We listened to some old racing stories from a lot of great people, including Richard Petty,” says Whitteker. “It was nice to meet Jeff Gordon and Ricky Craven, and watch the event from the VIP area of Hendrick Motorsports.”
Kymberley Brantigan of Performance PR Plus hosted the annual event, along with veteran Marketing and PR Consultant and co-founder of the Race 101 Program.
Performance PR Plus is an organization most known for their handling of Public Relations for Jeff Gordon and Dupont Motorsports for the last 20 years.
Brantigan, along with Race 101 Marketing and PR consultant Anna-Marie Strawhand, hosted the two-day event.
After a great day with the summit, Whitteker and other racers got together for some go-kart racing at an indoor kart track in Mooresville, North Carolina. After a fun filled evening, the students returned back to Charlotte for a good rest, before returning for the final day of the summit.
On Sunday, Brantigan and Strawhand instructed the class on marketing, media and social networking. That was followed by an open discussion amongst the participants of the summit where they were able to make new connections.
Whitteker arrived back home late Sunday evening.
Performance PR Plus’s Annual Driver Advancement Marketing Summit is designed to provide valuable information and insight from industry professionals on topics that include obtaining sponsorship, driver development programs, stepping-stone racing series and how to use public relations, websites and social media to promote yourself and sponsors.
Speakers offer valuable information and answer any questions that attendees have about marketing themselves and the many off-track components necessary to have a realistic chance to advance, and what needs to be considered before making life-changing decisions around a career in motorsports.
Shaler and Cindy Hill were the first to the winners circle in action at Cedar Glen last week.
The Hills produced the winning low net in the Tuesday Night Scramble play with Vern and Sue McMillan placing a close second.
In the low gross category, Lyle Schell and Shawn Lapier put it together for a 31 for the win. Ron Ferguson and Dave Bird and Don McMillan and Larry Harper tied for second place with 33s.
Ladies night action saw some 60 plus golfers out for the annual Golf for the Cure event.
Then on Thursday night, Kurtis Barkley won the low gross in A flight with a 35, and Shawn Lapier was next with a 38. The A flight net win went to Wayde Roles.
Sam Locke was the top shooter in B flight with a 39, and Harry Lalonde was next with a 42. Net winners were Daryl Shelp and Harold Chalker.
The C flight win went to Sandy Johnson with a 46 with Gary Whitteker two strokes back with a 48. Don Hoople won D flight with a 52.
The C flight net winners were Steve Summers and Bill Larocque while Winston Muir had the low net in D flight.
The Seaway Kickers U13M team claimed a 5-0 shutout victory when they visited the Nepean City Storm M2 team at Trend Arlington East field in Nepean, July 10.
Seaway got on the scoreboard first at the six minute mark, with a goal by forward Aaron Tibben in the bottom left corner of Nepean’s net, 1-0 Seaway. Five minutes later at the 11 minute mark, forward Dryden Buter made it 2-0 Seaway.
Nepean made several drives into Seaway’s end before half-time but were thwarted by the defensive efforts of Keiran Geurkink, Gabe Baker, Sean Nicolaassen and Adam Tibben. 2-0 Seaway at half-time.
Aaron Tibben netted his second goal of the evening at the 41 minute mark, 3-0 Seaway. At the 66 minute mark, Gabe Baker, playing as a forward, scored his first goal of the year, making it 4-0 Seaway.
Midfielder Daniel Swerdfeger scored his fourth goal of the year at the 70th and final minute of the game, final score, Seaway Kickers 5, Nepean City Storm 0.
Goalkeeper Kendrew Byers picks up his second clean-sheet of the season.
The team moves up to seventh in league standings with a record of four wins, five losses, no ties.
The team returns to Nepean July 17 to play the Nepean HotSpurs at Confederation High School, 6:30 p.m. kick-off.