Kelowna triplets take to water at B.C. Summer Games
The competition will be seeing red at the 2014 BC Summer Games, and not just because Thomson-Okanagan (Zone 2) athletes will be wearing red uniforms.
Three sailors from the Central Okanagan Sailing Association will be especially noticeable when they compete in Nanaimo this week, all sporting bright red hair. That in itself would not be worth remarking on if it wasn’t for the fact that the three young sailors are also sisters—triplets in fact.
Alizon, Katherine, and Mackenzie Littleton will be sailing on the ocean for the first time, despite having been members of the Central Okanagan Sailing Association (COSA) Race Team for the past two years. The three 12 year olds are poised to do well at the Games, thanks to a rigorous practice schedule which saw them sailing an average of four days a week over the past three months under the guidance of COSA coach Heather Halperin.
The Littletons will be sailing Optimist dinghies, which puts them in the most competitive fleet at the Games. Sailing will take place on the waters in front of the Nanaimo Yacht Club, and to the Littleton’s delight, there should be plenty of unusual spectators. Mackenzie was heard saying, “I hear that seals and dolphins will pop out of the water right by your boat when you’re sailing. That would be awesome.”
The Littletons will be joined by Thish Rajapakshe, Gage Flint, and Ian Johnson, who when not competing as part of the COSA Race Team, are also coaches in their own right, teaching sailing and windsurfing classes at COSA. This will be Rajapakshe’s second Games, having already competed in the Optimist at the Abbotsford Games in 2008. Rajapakshe and Johnston will be sailing Laser Radials, while Flint will be in the lager Laser Full-Rig. The Zone 2 team will once again be coached by Devin Rubadeau, who will be attending his 13th Summer Games.