Revelstoke track and field athletes compete at nationals

Matt Arnold and Cole Biddy of Revelstoke travel to Kamloops to work with coach Dylan Armstrong, bronze medallist in shot put at the 2008 Olympics. (Submitted)

Revelstoke youth athletes Cole Bibby and Matt Arnold have returned from their successful debut at the Canadian Under 18 Track and Field Nationals in Brandon, Man.

Arnold, a hammer thrower, placed sixth in his division, and Bibby, a javelin thrower, scored a bronze medal. Bibby competed as a first year midget and placed first in Canada for his age.

The athlete’s coach, Dylan Armstrong, was very pleased with their performances.

“It was an exciting summer,” Armstrong says.

Armstrong, who competed in the 2008 Olympics and won a bronze medal in shot put, has been retired from competition for four years and is head coach of the Kamloops Track and Field Throw Club.

Armstrong first met Bibby and Arnold at a Kamloops High School meet. Impressed with their athleticism and natural ability, he encouraged the two to come and train with him in the summer. Both boys accepted and spent the summer travelling and training in Kamloops regularly.

“They are both great kids with bright futures ahead of them,” Armstrong says. “I plan on continuing to work with them, they both have supportive parents and come and train as often as possible.”

While competitors train for the track and field season year round, competition runs from April to the end of August.

Arnold and Bibby will continue to excel with the Revelstoke Secondary School team, under coach Jeff Culvin, in addition to heading back to Kamloops starting in late winter.

Both Kim Van den Eerenbeemt and Jeff Arnold, Bibby’s mother and Arnold’s father, are pleased with how the summer progressed.

Bibby, who will be in Grade 9 this year, had just started javelin this past year in high school.

“He just had a natural throwing arm,” Van den Eerenbeemt says. “He made it look easy from the start.”

Like Bibby, Arnold was a natural at hammer.

“He had done track since elementary school,” Jeff Arnold says. “Then in high school he picked up the hammer and was good right away.”

With the prospect of world class training only two and a half hours away in Kamloops, Van den Eerenbeemt and Arnold say both boys are excited to continue their training with Armstrong.

“Having coaching on that level is an incredible opportunity,” Van den Eerenbeemt says. “It can open opportunities if he wants to pursue it.”

Arnold agrees. Currently Matt plans to continue training with Armstrong and compete in both the local and the Kamloops track and field teams.

“He’s made good friends in Kamloops,” Arnold says. “It’s a really great group with a strong coach, it’s very exciting.”

It’s likely that next year Bibby’s older brother Shea will be at nationals. Shea is also training with Armstrong, but was pursuing other passions during nationals.


Matt Arnold placed sixth in his division in hammer throwing at the Canadian Under 18 Track and Field Nationals in Brandon, Man. (Submitted)

Cole Biddy won a bronze medal in javelin at the Canadian Under 18 Track and Field Nationals in Brandon, Man. (Submitted)

Just Posted

Reach a Reader: Help Revelstoke literacy association share the love of reading

October is the Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy’s annual Books for Kids campaign

LUNA Q&A: Revelstoke Community Band

See everyday spaces transformed in the night at the second annual LUNA… Continue reading

Election 2018: Rick Hodgson running for Revelstoke School District board

Rick Hodgson is running to be a trustee of the Revelstoke School… Continue reading

Semi-truck rollover reported on Trans-Canada between Salmon Arm and Sicamous

No injuries being reported, traffic down to single lane alternating

Cops for Kids stops in Revelstoke

Locals Kurt Grabinsky and James Moore are participating in the ride

Environment Canada confirms Ottawa area hit by two tornadoes Friday

At one point more than 200,000 hydro customers were blacked out

B.C. students send books to displaced students of Hornby Island school fire

Maple Ridge elementary school teacher says students learned about acts of kindness

Trans Canada now open west of Chase, ‘heavy delays’

Few details available about crash that closed Trans Canada Highway west of Chase Sunday, Sept. 23

Trump drains oxygen from Trudeau foreign policy with PM, Freeland bound for UN

A lot has changed since the Liberals came to power in Canada in 2015

B.C. man fined $15,000, barred from trading securities for fraud

Larry Keith Davis used money from an investor to pay personal bills

Emergency crews investigate small sulphuric acid spill in Kootenays

IRM states a small volume of less than one cup and three dime-sized drips were leaked from carrier

Family, friends of B.C murder victim want killer sent back to max security facility

Group wants convicted murderer Walter Ramsay sent back to a maximum security facility

Most Read