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Summer Games takes athletes to next level
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.
Maya Munzar, co-winner of the valley’s Youth Athlete of the Year award for 2012 and another Kelsey graduate from June of this year, came 14th in the individual triathlon in 1:06:42 and fifth as Part of Team B.C. with Megan Kinghorn and Elsabet Lapointe of Victoria in 1:09.19.
“It was a lot of fun,’’ noted Munzar of her games experience. “In comparison to Western Canada Summer Games, it was much more exciting. There was so much offered to all the athletes from the games organizers that there was no time to be bored. The set-up of the games was fantastic. I really enjoyed my experience there.’’
Munzar felt good about how her individual race went.
“My swim and bike were both very strong and my run was OK,’’ she indicated. “I had some cramping issues on the run which inhibited me from running my full potential. That was mildly frustrating, but I still managed to push through and finish well.’’
The relay distances were 250 metres for the swim, 6.66 km for the bike and 1.6 km for the run. There was a mixed event and the female relay that Munzar did.
“Racing as a team is so unlike any other triathlon experience because every other race is always individual — every woman for herself,’’ she pointed out.
“Being able to compete as a team in such a short distance was both extremely challenging but also exhilarating. With so little time to make up distance between you and other teams, it was a full-out sprint the entire race.
“Overall, my time at the Summer Games was one I will remember for a lifetime. I am incredibly proud of my teammates and I am so lucky to have been able to have the opportunity to experience this event.’’