Nikki Reiter and Pat Sima-Ledding presented ACE Awards following the Canada Summer Games #jcg2013 @viaSport

September 13, 2013

September 12, 2013

Burnaby – Two BC Athletics coaches have been named to the list of outstanding members of Team BC following the recent 2013 Canada Summer Games in Sherbrooke, QC. Nikki Reiter and Pat Sima-Ledding have been named as two out of the eight members of Team BC receiving ACE (Achieving Community Excellence) Awards.

Both coaches out of Kelowna BC were integral parts of the BC success at the Canada Summer Games in Athletics this summer.

Nikki Reiter (athletics) – Kelowna, BC

Nikki is an athletics endurance coach and has been involved in the sport for 20 years. She currently coaches at the University of British Columbia Okanagan (UBCO) and the Okanagan Athletics Club. Nikki was nominated by her UBCO Heat Cross Country Team who praised Nikki’s work in organizing a series of fundraising initiatives that helped save the future of their club. Through her vast network, Nikki brings together runners of all ages and skill levels to train and learn together.

Nikki was also a part of the Women In Coaching Canada Games Apprenticeship Program from the Coaching Association of Canada, where she has been mentored by new BC Athletics Coaching Education Coordinator, Jennifer Schutz.

See Nikki’s CAC profile here:

Patricia Sima-Ledding (athletics) – Kelowna, BC

Patricia is an athletics coach and has been involved in the sport for 29 years. Patricia is the president, founder and a coach for “Competitive Edge,” a company that offers a unique speed training program to athletes. However, after work Pat spends the remainder of her day coaching with Team BC or her team of high school athletes at the Okanagan Athletics Club. Pat also serves on the BC Athletics Track & Field Committee and continues to dedicate countless hours to growing athletics in her community.

About the ACE Awards:

The ACE Awards, founded by BC Athlete Voice and administered by ViaSport, are presented to a select group of Team BC athletes and coaches every year. The award acknowledges the importance of using leadership skills honed through sport to give back to the community, both on and off the playing surface. From an exceptional group of nominees, winners are selected based on their leadership in promoting sport and physical activity for the greater benefit of their sport and community.

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KSS’s Riva on track for good things @ParksvilleNews #Interview #jcg2013

August 29, 2013



Oceanside’s Thomas Riva, above on the podium in Quebec at the Canada Summer Games after receiving his gold medal for finishing first in the 1,500m event, also mined silver in the 800m (Submitted photo by François Nadeau)

August 29, 2013 – By James Clarke 

PARKSVILLE QUALICUM BEACH NEWS – Further to our story last week on Qualicum Beach standout Thomas Riva, who made history in these parts recently when he garnered gold and silver medals at the Canada Summer Games, The NEWS caught up with the dedicated athlete to get his take on raising the bar.

Played Aug. 2-17 in Sherbrooke, Quebec, the national showcase, held every four years, featured over 1,200 athletes competing in 17 sports.

“It was great — the city of Sherbrooke did a fantastic job hosting it, and it was kinda cool to be around so many different types of athletes,” Riva, 21, recounted from Victoria when we finally caught up with him.

“Oh yeah — I definitely wanted to medal,” he answered quickly when asked if he had any expectations heading into the games, adding “I thought the 800m was my better event, but I thought I definitely had a good shot in the 1,500 final as well.”

As it turned out it was the 1,500m event in which he won gold (with a personal best time of 3.45:87), and his silver came in the 800m (1:48.91), an event in which he is currently ranked fourth in Canada.

The 1,500m race was decided on the home stretch when he pulled away in the last 100 meters, knocking a full four seconds off his previous best time.

“It was close but I just kicked it into high gear. It was pretty sweet,” he chuckled.

Riva, a Kwalikum Secondary grad and the younger of two siblings, honed his skills with Oceanside Track & Field for about eight years.

“I pretty much grew up with the sport,” he said.

The Canada Summer Games capped off a season — his third with UVic — that started indoors back in January. Riva is part of a UVic Thunderbirds track and field team of around 18 young men and women.

“It was a really good stepping stone for competing in multi-sport games and for representing Canada,” he said.

Riva, an engineering major, will now get a few weeks off to recharge the batteries before starting cross country in September.

Contacted via email (from Europe), UVic cross country/track head coach Brent Fougner had great things to say about his Oceanside standout.

“Thomas has a great work ethic and his determination to excel combined with natural talents make him a pleasure to coach,” said Fougner, who was a track coach for Team Canada at the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics, and is an eight-time CIS Coach of the Year heading into his 25th season leading UVic’s middle distance program.

He added, “Thomas came to UVic from a very successful youth program in the Parksville Qualicum area where knowledgable coaches guided him, developing his speed and running technique. Thomas’s unassuming and humbling nature is necessary in a successful runner where hours of running each week, most of the time alone, is not a sport for the prima donnas.

“His recent success this past year has come from his ability to gain self confidence in his races, allowing his competitiveness to take over,” said Fougner, who added, “Thomas has all the tools to go a long way in the sport.”


Two other OTFC graduates have competed at the Canada Summer Games:

Olympic high jumper Mike Mason from Nanoose Bay is the only other OTFCer to medal — gold in 2005 in Regina.

Parksville’s Alycia Butterworth, currently attending the University of Idaho on a track and cross country scholarship, competed in the 2009 games in Charlottetown, placing fifth in steeplechase.

Full article:

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.

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

August 26, 2013


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.

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

August 21, 2013


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


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.

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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   


Canada Summer Games Results from Thursday’s competition #jcg2013 #2013athletics

August 16, 2013

Today marks the last day of Athletics competition at the Canada Summer Games. Follow the competition, visit the: CANADA GAMES WEBSITE 

Looking back at Thursday August 15, some highlights from yesterday’s finals include Team BC’s 1-2 in the men’s 1500m race, with Thomas Riva and Luc Bruchet earning the gold and silver respectively.

The throws competitors took to the field earning 2 gold, 1 silver, and 1 bronze. Agnes Esser won gold in the women’s discus competition, Adam Keenan won gold in the men’s hammer, and Sam Kennedy finished with silver in the women’s hammer just ahead of BC Teammate Lauren Stuart who earned the bronze.

Wheelchair Para athlete Tristan Smyth finished yesterday with a gold medal in the men’s 1500m wheelchair Para race and a silver medal in the men’s 400m wheelchair Para race.

Thursday August 15 Athletics Medals:

GOLD             Thomas Riva, 1500m Male

GOLD             Tristan Smyth, 1500m wheelchair Para Male

GOLD             Django Lovett, High Jump Male

GOLD             Agnes Esser, Discus Female

GOLD             Adam Keenan, Hammer Male

SILVER           Ben Ayesu-Attah, 400m Male

SILVER           Luc Bruchet, 1500m Male

SILVER           Tristan Smyth, 400m wheelchair Para Male

SILVER           Sam Kennedy, Hammer Female

BRONZE        Lauren Stuart, Hammer Female

Thursday August 15 Results Round-up:

Keefer Joyce, 100m Male – 4th

Whitney Krista Rowe, 100m Female – 8th

Jamie Jean Ashcroft, 100m Female – 11th

Jake Hooper, 100m Special Olympics Male – 7th

Matthew Williams, 100m Special Olympics Male – 12th

Laura Strauss, 100m Special Olympics Female – 6th

April Armstrong, 100m Special Olympics Female – 9th

Brendan Restall, 400m Male – 6

Raquel Natasha Sophia Tjernagel, 400m Female – 6th

Casey Atkin, 400m Female – 7th

Lindsey Michelle Butterworth, 1500m Female – 7th

Kendra Pomfret, 1500m Female – 13th

Seb Adugalski, 400m Hurdles Male – 10th

Meghan Palesch, 400m Hurdles Female – 4th

Sarah Ann Sawatzky, 400m Hurdles Female – 8th

Djami Diallo, 400m wheelchair Para Female – 4th

Eddy Solla, 1500m wheelchair Para Male – 7th

Djami Diallo, 1500m wheelchair Para Female – 4th

Team BC, 4x100m Male – 8th

Team BC, 4x100m Female – 4th

Vlad Moldavanov, Triple Jump Male – 8th

Julia Hawkins, Triple Jump Female – 11th

Kathryn van Ryswyk, Pole Vault Female – 4th

Tyler Geoffrey Kostiuk, Javelin Male – 6th

Mason James Kereszti, Javelin Male – 7th


Watts-Watling golden in Legion nationals #LegionNationals

August 14, 2013

THE DAILY COURIER – August 12, 2013

KELOWNA – Keely Watts-Watling overcame a season-long shoulder injury to win a gold medal at the Canadian Legion Youth Track and Field Championships in Langley over the weekend. 

The Okanagan Athletics Club member accumulated 4,786 points in the seven disciplines to edge Robyn Buckingham of Langley (4,722) for first. Ironically, Watts-Watling pulled away from the eight competitors in the under-18 field with a throw of 37.06 metres in the javelin, the event in which she was injured in May.

Only one Turner left in Games decathlon

A much-anticipated sibling rivalry between two Kelowna brothers was cut short on Monday at the Canada Summer Games in Sherbrooke, Que.

James Turner was leading after the first three disciplines in the decathlon, but re-injured his ankle during the high jump warm-up and was forced to withdraw from the event.

Meanwhile, Rostam Turner, sits in fourth place among the 10 athletes remaining in the national competition.*

The younger Turner, a Canadian junior bronze medalist earlier this year, has 3,240 points going into today’s final day of competition. Jessie Drennan of Nova Scotia leads with 3,557 points while Wyatt Eyford of Manitoba is in third – just 20 points ahead of Turner.

*Rostam Turner has since won the BRONZE medal in the decathlon at the Canada Summer Games (see the Canada Summer Games update post) 


Canada Summer Games update – 5 BRONZE medals for BC Team Athletics #jcg2013 #2013athletics

August 14, 2013

August 14, 2013

Today marks the half-way point in the Athletics competition at the 2013 Canada Summer Games. Moving in to the final 2 days of competition (Thurs and Fri),  Team BC Athletics has already captured 5 BRONZE medals! Congratulations to everyone thus far and continued luck for the duration of the competition.

Team BC Athletics Medals:

BRONZE               Justin Kent, 3000m Steeplechase Male

BRONZE               Regan Leanne Yee, 2000m Steeplechase Female

BRONZE               Rostam Turner, Decathlon Male

BRONZE               Jessye Marika Brockway, Para Discus Female

BRONZE               Jessye Marika Brockway, Para Shot Put Female

More Team BC athletes in action during the first two days of competition:

Serena Mercedes Graf, Shot Put Female – 9th

Andrew Davis, Shot Put Para Male – 4th

Colin Edward Morrow, Shot Put Para Male – 6th

Patrick William John Psotka, 3000m Steeplechase Male – 4th

Fiona Benson, 2000m Steeplechase Female – 7th

Visit the Canada Games website to see the full schedule for Thursday and Friday!


Vikes headline track line up for Canada Summer Games @islandsports1 #jcg2013

August 13, 2013

By Ali Lee, Vikes Communications

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August 10, 2013, VICTORIA, BC (ISN) – The University of Victoria Vikes men’s and women’s track program will be well represented at this year’s Canada Summer Games, hosted Aug. 2-17 in Sherbrooke, Que. Preliminary qualifications will begin on Monday, Aug. 12, while the final events will wrap up on Aug. 16.

Nine current Vikes will be competing for their respective provinces, while incoming recruit Ben Weir will also be in attendance.

Headlining the group is 21-year-old Adam Gaudes, who enters his second Canada Summer Games and is top-ranked for the men’s 800-m event. Gaudes’ personal best in the 800-m is 1:48.76 and will be representing New Brunswick.

For the women, Alberta standout Rachel Francois will compete in both the 800-m and the 4×400-m relay and has also previously competed in the 2009 Canada Games and the 2012 Western Canada Games. Francois is the two-time defending champion in the 800-m in Canadian Interuniversity Sport and in the same event ranked third in the NACAC Championships and sixth at the Canadian Olympic trials.

Also competing in the 800-m event are Cole Peterson, Thomas Riva, Grace Annear and Kendra Pomfret. Peterson, also Alberta’s athletics team captain, will join Riva in the 1500-m event.

Rounding out the cast is soon-to-be Vike Weir, competing in the 5000-m, Patrick Psotka, Ryan Cassidy and Brendon Restall.

For full information on the Canada Summer Games visit their website at:

Vikes at the 2013 Canada Summer Games:


Ben WEIR 5000m British Columbia

Adam GAUDES 800m New Brunswick

Cole PETERSON 800m, 1500m Alberta (captain)

Thomas RIVA 800m, 1500m British Columbia

Grace ANNEAR 800m New Brunswick

Rachel FRANCOIS 800m, 4x400m Alberta

Kendra POMFRET 800m, 1500m British Columbia

Patrick PSOTKA 3000m Steeplechase British Columbia

Ryan CASSIDY 3000m Steeplechase, 5000m New Brunswick

Brendon RESTALL 400m, 4x400m British Columbia



#Sherbrooke2013 Canada Summer Games – National Broadcast & Webcast Schedules @CanadaGames

July 30, 2013

National Broadcast Schedule

Athletics will be featured in the National Broadcast coverage of the Canada Summer Games on TSN: Thursday, August 15th from 15:30 – 16:30 EST*

TSN will be featuring the Men’s and Women’s 100m and 400m.*

*Schedule subject to change

To view the full National Broadcast Schedule visit:

Webcasting Schedule

Over 800 hours of webcasting coverage will be made available during the games through the Canada Games portal, The portal allows users to interact via twitter, view live webcasts and watch archived Games footage for the 2013 Games and from past Games editions.

Coverage will begin with the Opening Ceremony on Friday, Aug. 2 at 7 pm EST

Athletics coverage is scheduled on on: Mon Aug 12, Tues Aug 13, Thurs Aug 15 and Fri Aug 16. Check schedule for times. 

To view the full Canada Games Webcasting schedule visit:


Sherbrooke 2013 Website: 

Twitter: @CanadaGames / #Sherbrooke2013

Voth leads TWU Spartans at Coquitlam Cheetahs meet

June 13, 2013

Last weekend’s meet served as trials for the 2013 Canada Summer Games 

LANGLEY ADVANCE – JUNE 13, 2013 – Trinity Western University track athlete Chris Voth had the race of his life in the 5000m to lead the Spartans at the Coquitlam Cheetahs Annual Jesse Bent Memorial Meet.

The Abbotsford native finished first with a time of 14: 46.10 at Coquitlam’s Percy Perry Stadium on Sunday.

Voth led a Spartans contingent that was competing in its third meet in the Lower Mainland in just over a week as part of an effort to push for an outdoor aspect to the Canada West and CIS competition schedule.

The University of Alberta and the University of Victoria also competed in this week’s three-event series.

This past weekend’s meet was also the Canada Games trials for Team B.C.

It’s expected the team will officially be announced sometime this week.

While there were plenty of quality performances from current Spartans, it was future Spartan Regan Yee who made waves by winning the 2000m steeplechase, and beating the Spartans’ Fiona Benson with a time of 7: 00.20.

Benson finished second in 7: 01.91.

Also of note was the performance of Canadian Paralympian Dustin Walsh, who broke the T11 Canadian 400m record with a time of 53 seconds.

Walsh, who was also the previous record-holder, bettered his old mark of 53.05.

Spartans track athlete and Langley resident Dylan Williamson is Walsh’s guide runner.

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