Eight Revelstoke youth will be attending the BC Summer Games in Surrey, B.C., this weekend.
Six track-and-field athletes, one volleyball player and one triathlete will be on the Zone 2 team at the games. They will be complemented by Jade Connor, a track and field coach at Revelstoke Secondary School, who will be be performing the same duties at the games.
The track and field athletes are:
– Chris Andrews, competing in shotput and discus.
– Peter Grimm, competing in the hammer throw.
– Isaiah Bruner, competing in shot put and javelin throw.
– Adam Smith, competing in 200m and 300m races
– Amy Gagnon, competing in the 80m hurdles and 200m hurdles
– Stefanie Wallach, competing in javelin and shot put.
“The number of Revelstoke athletes who made the Zone 2 BC Summer Games team is awesome,” said Andy Pfeiffer, the head coach of RSS’ track team. “Having six RSS students on that team is the most we’ve had in the last 20 years – that’s a direct reflection of one of the most successful school track and field season’s we’ve ever had.”
Also heading to the games from Revelstoke are Tayla Koerber, who will compete in the triathlon, and Rhys Evans, as part of the Zone 2 volleyball team.
For Koerber and Evans, this will be their second trip to the games this year; they both competed in the BC Winter Games in Vernon, B.C, in cross-country skiing. Evans won a gold and a bronze medal at the winter games.
The BC Summer Games take place in Surrey, B.C., from July 19-22. It brings together the best 15- and 16-year-old athletes for a weekend of competition.
For Connor, it will be her first time coaching at the BC Summer Games.
“Nothing compares to training and supporting Revelstoke’s amazing young athletes,” she said. “I encourage the athletes to give all they can and not leave with any regrets; that way, they will always be proud of what they have accomplished. The number of athletes Revelstoke is sending to the games highlights the talent Revelstoke athletes possess.”
With files from Debbie Koerber