VIDEO: Liam Lindsay athlete spotlight #CowichanValley #LongJump #TripleJump

September 10, 2013

By Don Bodger – September 8, 2013 

COWICHAN NEWS LEADER PICTORIAL – Liam Lindsay jumped into the track and field circuit in a big way in 2013. Lindsay, 17, a Grade 12 Cowichan Secondary School student, just missed a medal in fourth place for the triple jump at the Legion national youth meet and finished 10th in the long jump.

“It was different and it was one of the biggest things I’ve ever done,’’ he said of the meet last month in Langley. “There’s also a certain amount of pressure representing Team B.C., but I think overall it was a great experience.’’

Nursing a leg injury along the way created an extra challenge.

“Triple jump, it was tough being able to train but being able to stay healthy as well,’’ Lindsay said. “I had some coaches helping me do that and worked my way through it and did as best as I could.’’

Lindsay’s personal best in the triple jump is 13.28 metres from the Team B.C. qualifying meet in Kamloops this year.

His 6.25 metre personal best in the long jump came during the provincial high school meet in Langley.

“I’m looking to start training full seasons starting in September and do some ground work and strength training before we move on to technique later in the season,’’ Lindsay said.

VIDEO INTERVIEW: http://www.cowichannewsleader.com/sports/222880381.html

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Summer Games takes athletes to next level #jcg2013 #2013athletics

August 27, 2013

By Don Bodger, August 27, 2013

COWICHAN NEWS LEADER PICTORIAL – Canada Summer Games competition in Sherbrooke, Quebec proved productive for four athletes from the valley.

Agnes Esser, the valley’s No. 3 Youth Athlete of the Year for 2012 and Frances Kelsey Secondary grad in June, made a strong showing in female throwing events.

Esser won a gold medal for the discus with a toss of 46.16 metres that was way ahead of the 44.62 mark recorded by runner-up Kelly Kirstin Gribbons of Ontario.

Esser had a personal best in the event of 49.75 during the season.

She also just missed a medal in the shot put, placing fourth at 13.71.

Jamie Ashcroft, a Kelsey grad in 2012, finished 11th overall in the women’s 100 metre sprint with a time of 12.75.

Ashcroft has posted a personal best in the event of 12.09, which is just back of the winner’s 12.02 clocking.

Para female track events resulted in bronze medals in the shot put and discus for Jessye Brockway.

Full article: http://www.cowichannewsleader.com/sports/221237851.html


Riva takes the 1,500m event #jcg2013 #athletics2013

August 26, 2013

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Oceanside’s Thomas Riva in action at the Canada Summer Games in Quebec at the Canada Summer Games after receiving his gold medal for finishing first in the 1,500m event and silver in the 800m (François Nadeau photo)

By James Clarke – August 22, 2013

PARKSVILLE QUALICUM BEACH NEWS – Oceanside standout Thomas Riva is back from the Canada Summer Games where he capped off his season by taking gold in the 1,500m event and silver in the 800m.

Simply put, “Thomas had an outstanding meet,” confirmed Oceanside Track and Field coach Kim Longmuir.

Played out Aug. 2-17, the 2013 Canada Summer Games were held in Sherbrooke, Quebec, where more than 1,200 of our country’s best competed in 17 sports.

Riva wasn’t available for comment, but the Kwalikum Secondary School grad was in great form at the Games where he was competing in Athletics, and was a force in the 1,500m when he lopped three seconds off his personal best time for the win at 3.45:87.

In the 800m final last Friday he finished second in a time of 1:48.91. He’s currently ranked fourth in Canada in the 800m.

In both events he qualified for the finals out of a field of 22.

Thomas, 21, is heading into his fourth year at UVic where he’s majoring in engineering.

Full article: http://www.pqbnews.com/sports/220687701.html


Langley’s Lovett soars to gold at Canada Games #jcg2013 @LangleyTimes

August 21, 2013

Langley Times – August 19, 2013

Langley – The Canada Summer Games came to a close over the weekend with Langley athletes helping Team B.C. win another handful of medals.

The Games were held in Sherbrooke, Que.

Leading the way was high jumper Django Lovett, who captured the gold medal in his event. Lovett cleared 2.12m to finish atop the podium.

Full article: http://www.langleytimes.com/sports/220231501.html

 


Golfers, track stars lead way at Canada Games #jcg2013 @WhiteRockNews

August 21, 2013

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South Surrey’s Kathryn van Ryswyk clears the bar during the pole vault event at the Canada Games (photo: Len van Ryswyk)

By Rick Kupchuk, August 21, 2013

PEACE ARCH NEWS – Athletics

Django Lovett won the gold medal in the high jump. He tied with Al Mansaray of Alberta at 2.14-m, but won a tiebreaker.

Sam Kennedy, a graduate of Lord Tweedsmuir Secondary, won the silver medal in the women’s hammer throw.

Adam Paul-Morris, 20, shared a silver medal. He ran for Team BC in the men’s 4×400-m relay Friday night. Team BC qualified with the fastest time at 3:14.91, and despite a 3:09.30 in the final, finished second to Ontario.

Justin Kent won a bronze medal in the men’s 3,000-m steeplechase Tuesday night. The Kwantlen Park Secondary graduate finished in 9:10.89, 12 seconds behind the winner.

Robbie Gallaugher, 22, also won a bronze medal. His leap of 7.17-m left him behind only two of 21 competitors. Gallaugher, also a Lord Tweedsmuir grad, was part of the provincial team which placed eighth in the 4×100 relay Thursday night.

Riley Van Ryswyk, 19, placed fourth in the men’s pole vault, as did Kathryn Van Ryswyk, an 18-year-old who will compete next year at the University of Alberta, in the women’s pole vault.

South Surrey runner Meghan Palesch – like both van Ryswyks a member of Ocean Athletics Track Club – also had a fourth-place finish, in the 400-m hurdles, while picking up a silver medal in the 4×400 relay.

Sebastian Adugalski, also a member of Ocean Athletics, placed second in the ‘B’ final of the 400-m hurdles.

Full article: http://www.peacearchnews.com/sports/220522401.html


Esser claims discus gold at Canada Games #jcg2013 #athletics2013

August 21, 2013

August 21, 2013

By Kevin Rothbauer, The Citizen

Recent Frances Kelsey Secondary School graduate Agnes Esser topped the discus field at the Canada Summer Games, which wrapped up last Saturday, as she led a strong Cowichan contingent with Team BC in Sherbrooke, Quebec.

Esser, who won gold and silver in the high school track and field championships in 2012 and 2013, respectively, won national gold at the Canada Games with a throw of 46.14 m, 1.54 m ahead of the silver medallist. She finished just outside the medals in shot put, placing fourth in Canada.

Mill Bay’s Jessye Brockway came home with a pair of bronze medals, placing third in para female shot put last Monday, then duplicating that result in discus the following day.

Also from the Cowichan Valley, Jamie Ashcroft finished fourth in her 100m heat and advanced to the B final, where she ended up third, placing 11th out of 23 runners in the field. Ashcroft was also part of the 4x100m relay team that placed second in its heat and fourth in the final, just missing a medal.

Cobble Hill’s Maya Munzar represented B.C. in triathlon, placing 14th in the individual event and fifth in the women’s relay.

Like Esser, Brockway, Ashcroft and Munzar are also Kelsey graduates.

Full article: http://www.canada.com/Esser+claims+discus+gold+Canada+Games/8813346/story.html


Canada Summer Games Recap – Results from Friday, August 16th #jcg2013

August 20, 2013

Friday August 16th marked the final day of competition at the Canada Summer Games. Team BC pulled out some great performances including a silver medal in both the 4x400m Relay for the Men’s and Women’s teams. 

Congratulations to all the athletes, coaches and support staff who traveled for the 2013 Canada Summer Games! 

Friday August 16 Medals: 

SILVER                  Thomas Riva, 800m Male

SILVER                  Emma Kimoto, High Jump Female

SILVER                  Tiffany Matteazzi, Javelin Female

SILVER                  4×400 Relay Male

(Hodson Harding, Ben Ayesu-Attah, Adam Paul-Morris, Brendon Restall)

SILVER                  4×400 Relay Female

(Sarah Ann Sawatsky, Devan Wiebe, Raquel Tjernagel, Casey Atkin)

BRONZE               Rob Gallaugher, Long Jump Male

 

August 16th Results Round-up:

Chad Roman Payne, 200m Male – 6th

Keefer Joyce, 200m Male – 7th

Whitney Krista Rowe, 200m Female – 7th

Esinam Abena Ayesu-Attah, 200m Female – 10th

Matthew Williams, 200m Special Olympics Male – 11th

Jake Hooper, 200m Special Olympics Male – 18th

Laura Strauss, 200m Special Olympics Female – 5th

April Armstrong, 200m Special Olympics Female – 10th

Adam Paul-Morris, 800m Male – 5th

Devan Wiebe, 800m Female – 6th

Kendra Pomfret, 800m Female – 15th

Chris Nicholas Voth, 5000m Male – 4th

Ben Weir, 5000m Male – 5th

Fiona Benson, 5000m Female – 12th

Kathryn van Ryswyk, 100mHurdles Female – 4th

Aisha Klippenstein, 100mHurdles Female – 7th

Eddy Solla, 200m wheelchair Para Male – 7th

Djami Diallo, 200m wheelchair Para Female – 4th

Ahmad Nizamani, Long Jump Male – 7th

Aleisha Cobb, Long Jump Female – 5th

Carolyn Sutherland, Long Jump Female – 7th          

Riley Albert Leonard van Ryswyk, Pole Vault Male – 4th

Andrew Davis, Discus Para Male – 5th

Colin Edward Morrow, Discus Para Male – 6th

Olivia Gabrielle Merritt, Javelin Female – 8th

Danielle Delage, Heptathlon – 4th

Zarria Storm McKearney, Heptathlon – 6th