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Ellenwood, Dolfo named top athletes for divisions

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Langley's Braedon Dolfo was honoured as the B.C. Athletics para-athletic male athlete of the year.
— image credit: Matthew Murnaghan/Canadian Paralympic Committee

Georgia Ellenwood was named the 2013 junior female track and field athlete of the year while Braedon Dolfo won the honoour as the top para-athletic male athlete.

Both are long-time members of the Langley Mustangs Track and Field Club.

And Trinity Western Spartans’ Nathan George received the junior male award.

The trio were honoured at the B.C. Athletics annual awards banquet on Dec. 7 at the Hilton Vancouver Airport Hotel in Richmond.

Ellenwood was unable to attend the event as she is off at university with the University of Wisconsin, where she is on a track and field scholarship.

Last summer, she won bronze for Canada in the heptathlon at the Junior Panamerican Games in Colombia.

Ellenwood also capped off her high school career for Langley Secondary with three gold and a silver medal at the B.C. high school track and field championships. The four medals upped her high school total to 10 gold and three silver, including four straight heptathlon titles.

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Langley's Georgia Ellenwood captured her fourth straight heptathlon title at the 2013 B.C. high school track and field championships.

Dolfo, who is visually impaired,  competed at the world championships in France where he finished eighth in the 100m finals.

Another Langley Secondary alum — he graduated in 2012 — Dolfo is taking a break from university at Trinity Western to focus on training full-time for the world championships, the Para-Pan American Games and the 2016 Paralympic Summer Games.

Dolfo also beat another Mustang in the category as fellow runner Dustin Walsh was also nominated.

Both Dolfo and Walsh ran in the relay for Canada at the 2012 Summer Paralympic Games.

George, a Coquitlam native, competed at the 2013 Pan American junior championships, helping Canada win bronze in the 4x400 relay. He also finished seventh in the 400m.

George also won silver in the 400m at the Canadian junior championships and a pair of gold medals in the 200m and 400m events at the B.C. provincial championships.

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Two other members of the Mustangs — Robyn Buckingham (heptathlon) and Brittni Wolcyzyk (javelin) — were both nominated as the top youth female performer.

Both represented Canada at the world youth championships in Ukraine.

Buckingham, a Walnut Grove Grade 11 student, also won silver in the heptathlon at the Canadian Legion track and field championships and at the B.C. high school provincial championships. She added bronze in both the high jump and the 4x400 relay at the latter event.

And two other members of the Spartans were also honoured.

Regan Yee (Hazelton) was named the junior female cross-country runner of the year and Joel de Schiffart (Nanaimo) shared the junior male cross-country runner of the year award and won the junior male road runner of the year award.

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