Ashley McNeill, Sports Editor
The Western Canada Summer Games were held from August 7-16th featuring amateur athletes from the four western provinces as well as the territories. The games were held primarily in Snye Park, MacDonald Island and Syncrude Sport & Wellness Centre, all located in Fort McMurray, Alberta. These games have been hailed as a valuable opportunity for development in younger athletes and team BC included several students from Walnut Grove Secondary.
Among these athletes was seventeen year old Hannah Rolfe. She won gold in high jump with a jump of 1.71 m which topped her previous personal best of 1.70 m. She has a long list of achievements including National Champion 2013, Top Midget Athlete Award 2013, Top B.C. Athlete 2012, selected B.C. Summer Games team (1st) 2012, selected to Team B.C. 2015 (1st) and Nationals 2014 (5th). These achievements came with a rigorous training schedule made up of power and speed workouts, speed endurance and flexibility at the Langley Mustangs Track and Field Club. The Western Canada Summer Games were not the last for Hannah, her goals are to attend a NCAA Division 1 University in the U.S. or attend a CIS (Canadian Interuniversity Sport) University and her goal for this coming season is World Juniors.
Emma Harrison who graduated last year and trained with the Fort Langley Youth Rowing Society competed in three rowing events. She placed first in the women’s eight, silver in the women’s squad and bronze in the women’s single. This was Emma’s last competition before starting University and taking a break from rowing in order to adjust to University.
“The WCSG were a great end to three wonderful years of rowing.” – Emma Harrison
Training eight times a week, four mornings and four nights definitely helped Renae Ledoux place third in the 200m breaststroke and second in the 100 m breaststroke, both with her best times. She also swam in the 4x100m medley breaststroke and helped her team place third. She trains with the Langley Olympians Swim Club and her upcoming season will consist of more demanding training and meets. In April she is planning on going to Toronto for the Olympic trials and her goals are to reach her best times in all her events and qualify for more events for Olympics trials.
“Overall, the Western Canada Summer Games was a good meet.” – Renae Ledoux
Brett Christensen was another competitor who participated in the games as part of the Team BC basketball team. They played in the final game and placed first, winning yet another gold for B.C. Walnut Grove is filled with many talented athletes and the Western Canada Summer Games were an amazing start to an upcoming year that will no doubt include many more successful sports events.