Surrey, BC – The 2012 Surrey BC Summer Games came to a close Sunday after the final medals were awarded and the athletes were sent home having had an experience many of them will remember as one of the most important in their lives.
Chanell Botsis, 14, of Coquitlam took home more than the three Gold medals she won in Athletics. She was presented with the W.R. Bennett Award for Athletic Excellence at Sunday’s closing ceremony. Botsis set a new BC Games record in Javelin with her throw of 43.06 m, shattering the old record of 41.23m. She also won Gold in Discus and Javelin. The straight “A” student is a member of Richmond’s Kajaks Track and Field Club, and came to her first Games looking for a podium finish, she said, but also looking to perform her personal best. She credited her mom and coaches as the biggest influences on her life and her athletic success.