Brentonians Head North for Summer Competition

Tuesday, August 09, 2022 - By: Novella R, Hope ‘25

It was a busy week for a group of Brentonians who competed in the Prince George 2022 BC Summer Games at the end of July.
 
The BC Games is the first multi-sport event for the majority of its athletes and might be the first step in many of those athletes’ future sports careers. For the games, British Columbia is divided into eight zones, with Vancouver Island-Central Coast Zone 6. There were over 2800 athletes from across British Columbia who competed in 30 different sports. Ms Katrina Wittenberg, Brentwood rowing coach who led Zone 6’s rowing team, observed “This is going to be the first of many, for many, many athletes.”

The BC Games will be remembered as the start of numerous journeys in the world of sport. The Opening Ceremony is one to be remembered as it gave the athletes a glimpse of what it is like to be at the Olympic Games when they walked out as a team with the BC Games Torch. Then athletes from all zones were divided into different accommodations, which allowed them to interact and learn about different and unique sports.

Ella W, Mack ‘25, and Ruby M, Allard ‘25, played on the Island’s U15 Volleyball team and placed fourth after a weekend of tough competition.

Anya P, Mack ‘24, and Novella R, Hope ‘25 competed in rowing contributing to the team's six Gold medals. Anya won two Gold medals in the U17 Women’s 2x and Mixed 4x and Novella earned Gold in the U17 Women’s 1x and the team’s only Bronze in the U17 Mixed 4x. Anya showed strength as a competitor all season while rowing with Maple Bay Rowing Club and contributed to the positive and memorable environment created at the BC Games.

The BC Games are an opportunity for young athletes to compete in a multi-sport environment as well as actively improve their skills. Anya reviewed her games experience: “I think this will make me more excited about bigger sports events and it makes bigger events seem more reachable”.

Vancouver Island-Central Coast came out strong from the beginning and earned a total of 142 medals, coming in first in the medal standings. It was exciting to see so many committed athletes competing at a high level. Ms Wittenberg remarked: “This is the first step for everyone. Because of COVID, there haven’t been events like this for years”.

This was a memorable weekend with plenty of experiences that will be taken forward to the following stages of these athletes’ lives. From improving social skills, to adapting to a different competitive environment, the BC Summer Games will help prepare all its athletes for their future.

Novella R, Hope ‘25

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