Whitecourt Taekwondo Athlete Wins Silver Medal at Nationals

A local Taekwondo artist has brought some hardware back to Alberta after competing in a national championship in Quebec.

Tara Farnsworth competed in the 2020 Canadian Taekwondo Poomsae Nationals, which took place in Laval, Quebec from January 18th to the 19th, and she finished with a silver medal.

Alberta sent 7 athletes in total. Another member who medaled was Tara’s coach who earned gold and is moving on to represent Canada at the upcoming World Championships this year in Denmark.

Tara says she will continue to work this year towards being a part of a national team.

She competed over the weekend in Whitecourt’s local tournament, which she says helps keep her on track with her training, focus, and accountability.

Tara Farnsworth (on the left) won silver at the National Taekwondo Championship in Laval, Quebec.
All of Team Alberta at the National Taekwondo Championships in Laval, Quebec.

Scott Safety Centre Expansion Project Gets Higher Budget Approved, Contract Awarded

Whitecourt Town Council this week heard an update on the Scott Safety Centre expansion project.

Last October, Council entered into a Renovation Contribution Agreement with the Stark Sports Society to share in the cost of constructing a dressing room for the Whitecourt Wolverines.

On Monday, Council heard that Requests for Proposals were sent out for the building construction, and upon coming back, the overall budget for the project is now higher than originally anticipated, from $650,000 to $800,000.

Mayor Maryann Chichak explains the increase and Council’s decision to amend the agreement.

The new budget means both the Town and Stark Sports Society will cost-share the project, contributing $400,000 each. Whitecourt will front the total costs, and Stark Sports will reimburse the town their portion on a payment schedule over 6.5 years.

Council also awarded the design-build contract to Edmonton-based company Brenex Building Corporation.

Work is expected to start on the arena as soon as possible and be completed in the near future, given the time crunch in place since the Scott Safety Centre is needed for events such as Whitecourt’s Trade Fair over Mothers Day weekend.

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