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Abby stars shine at Canada Summer Games
Abbotsford athletes made their mark on the national stage at the Canada Summer Games, which wrapped up last week in Sherbrooke, Que.
The local contingent brought home a combined seven medals and registered a series of top-10 finishes at the Games, which bring together up-and-coming athletes from across the country. Prominent Canada Summer Games alumni include Steve Nash (basketball), Alexandre Despatie (diving), Bruny Surin (100-metre dash) and Adam Van Koeverden (kayaking).
• Chelsea Jenner won a gold medal with the B.C. women’s softball team, which turned in a truly dominant performance. The provincial squad thumped Manitoba 9-1 via the mercy rule in the title game, with left fielder Jenner going 1-for-4 with one run scored.
• Matt Dignan was golden on the wrestling mat, finishing atop the 54-kilogram men’s division. He added a silver medal with B.C. in the team competition, along with fellow Abbotsford grapplers Nishanpreet Randhawa and Rajin Gill.
• Tiffany Matteazzi took silver in the women’s javelin competition, registering a throw of 47.50m. Chelsea Whalen of Nova Scotia (48.83m) was the only athlete to exceed that distance.
• Krista Hogewoning, a member of the University of the Fraser Valley’s national championship-winning women’s volleyball squad, led Team B.C. to a silver medal at the Canada Games. Hogewoning paced B.C. with 16 kills in an epic five-set loss to Alberta in the title game.
• Abbotsford natives Kristof Schlagintweit (UBC Okanagan) and Tyler Koslowsky (Trinity Western) helped the B.C. men’s volleyball team to a bronze medal, knocking off Ontario in four sets to clinch the podium finish.
• Rosie Johanson and the B.C. tennis squad won silver in the team competition, and she made it as far as the quarter-finals in the women’s singles draw.
• Chris Voth turned in a strong fourth-place finish in the men’s 5,000m run in a time of 14:43.29, just five seconds behind the bronze medalist.
• Aisha Klippenstein was seventh in the women’s 100m hurdles (14.53), and added a fourth-place result in 4x100m relay.
• W.J. Mouat point guard Corey Hauck and the B.C. men’s basketball team finished ninth overall at the Games, beating Alberta 76-51 in their finale.