Revelstoke students show team spirit at track and field events

A student from Arrow Heights Elementary does shot put. (Rana Nelson/Revelstoke Review)
An École des Glaciers student runs track. (Patricia Beaulieu/submitted)
Students at the starting line at the elementary track and field meet. (Patricia Beaulieu/submitted)
Arrow Heights Elementary students Spencer Grimsdell, Harrison Roe, BenMacPherson and Seth Holgrave at the track and field event. (Rana Nelson/Revelstoke Review)
Grade 6 girls wait at the starting line at district track. (Rana Nelson/Revelstoke Review)
Grade 5 boys wait at the starting line at district track. (Rana Nelson/Revelstoke Review)
Grade 5 girls take off at district track. (Rana Nelson/Revelstoke Review)
Revelstoke students at the elementary track meet. (Rana Nelson/Revelstoke Review)
A student from École des Glaciers does shot put. (Patricia Beaulieu/submitted)

Rana Nelson

Special to the Review

Rita Tedesco, principal of Arrow Heights Elementary, says her favourite part of track and field days is “the team spirit. I think it’s great how the kids support each other and cheer each other on. It’s the best part to watch.”

Revelstoke Elementary Districts Track and Field meets took place on June 7 and June 4 this year. After every event, the participants hugged and/or high-fived each other and their peers ran up to congratulate them.

READ MORE: Revelstoke Aquaducks swim to top of the podium in home meet

Todd Hicks, principal of Begbie View Elementary, echoed Tedesco, “The teamwork the kids display is the best part of these events.”

The meets also included School District 93, which Revelstoke’s Francophone school École des Glaciers belongs to.

Alex Acton is in Grade 6 there and competed in the boys’ 12-year-old 4 by 100 relay.

“I like watching all the events and cheering on the kids from our school and other schools,” he said.

Patricia Beaulieu, teacher aide at École des Glaciers, noted that “it’s exciting for the kids to compete against the other schools. They challenge themselves and the competition gives them something to focus on. I’m very proud of them.”

The competition became heated in the Grade 7 boys’ 4 by100 metre relay, where anchors Zachary Veninsky (BVE) and Cormac Clowater (AHE) raced to a photo finish, tying at 1:02:43. The CPE team placed third at 1:05 (the tie counts as first and second) and the EDG team placed fourth.

Columbia Park Elementary principal Andy Pfeiffer encouraged the students to aim high.

“Hot off the heels of Revelstoke Secondary’s best results ever at high school [track and field] provincials [May 30-June 1], Districts are a great way for the elementary kids to show that they can shine too.”

Setting up and running these events requires a lot of work, and parents, teachers, and trustees were on hand to help. SD19 trustees Garry Pendergast and Bill MacFarlane assisted with long jump at the field events at CPE, and the stiff breeze meant that they were coated in fine sand at the end of the day, but it was all part of the fun.

Unlike other years, track day dawned cloudy and cool, culminating in a drizzle that had people shivering under blankets and puffies.

“Better cold than hot, though,” noted one spectator. “No one’s collapsing from heatstroke.”

For Philipe von Trezbiatovski, Grades 5 and 6 teacher at École des Glaciers, it was his first time at districts.

“From a supervisory aspect, it’s good to know that the kids are in a safe environment where they have the freedom to watch the different events.”

Carol Hascarl observed that “Revelstoke is producing so many great athletes. The town is so vibrant and alive.”

Hascarl’s daughter Sydnie Heale holds the 200 m 12-year-old girls’ record from 2004, among others, and Hascarl’s granddaughter Avery Cochrane has been trying to beat her aunt’s records.

READ MORE: Revelstoke high school student takes silver in provincial enduro race

Heale reminisced about her elementary track and field days.

“I excelled in sports rather than academics. I enjoyed the competition of track and field because I was able to get recognition for something that I was good at.”

Heale’s records still hold. In the 200 m this year, Ilaria Widmer’s (BVE) first-place finish came close at 30:32, but couldn’t beat Heale’s 30:09. Kenadie Stefura (EDG) placed second at 32:53, and Cochrane (CPE), Heale’s niece, placed third at 32:68.

In other events, Harrison Roe (AHE) placed first in the boys’ 10-year-old 400 m, with a time of 1:20, Jackson Forester (BVE) placed second with 1:26, and Connor Mandel (CPE) placed third with 1:30. In the girls’ 10-year-old 400 m, Ember Smith (AHE) placed first with 1:28, Allie White-Pinko (CPE) placed second with 1:33, and Zyia Davies (BVE) placed third with 1:34. For more results and photos, see SD19’s Twitter feeds at



Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Just Posted

Revelstoke roads and weather: high 27 degrees

Two small fires are just north of Revelstoke

Two orphan moose calves rescued near Revelstoke

The calves Clover and Chocolate are going to a sanctuary near Golden, B.C.

Revelstoke roads and weather: high 25 degrees

Yesterday’s storms resulted in nine new forest fires in southeastern B.C.

Lightning overnight sparks several fires in Shuswap

Kamloops Fire Centre investigating, describes them as spot-sized for now

Glimpses of Revelstoke’s past for June 12

Items from Revelstoke newspapers, as gleaned and edited by Cathy English, curator… Continue reading

10 facts about Father’s Day

Did you know that the special day for dads was first celebrated in 1910?

Bombers down B.C. Lions 33-23 in season opener

Former Lion Andrew Harris leads Winnipeg with 148 rushing yards

Northern B.C. family remembers murdered Indigenous woman with memorial walk

Still no closure for Ramona Wilson’s family 25 years later

Vernon seeks additional fetal alcohol syndrome support B.C.-wide

“We are making a difference but we could make even more of a difference”

B.C. university to offer mentorship program for former youth in care

Students using the provincial tuition waiver program will soon be able to form a community at KPU

Gambler 500 hits Okanagan back roads

Hundreds of off road enthusiasts are rallying in the South Okanagan this… Continue reading

Cyclists competing in one of the toughest bike races on the planet pass through Fernie

Divide riders looking strong as they finish first leg of 4160 km race

You might not know these B.C. records are public

Hired a lawyer to file a civil claim? Those are published online

B.C. bus driver loses case to get job back after texting while driving full bus

An arbitator ruled that Tim Wesman’s phone usage was a “a reckless disregard for public safety”

Most Read