Sports in BRIEF
KISU performs well in California
KISU swimmers Payton Nackoney, Sam Lasinski, Acacia Benn and Justin Fotherby had strong performances in the 2014 Long Course Far Western Age Group Championships in Concord, Calif. July 30-Aug. 3.
“It was a great meet to go to and we saw some really good successes,” said KISU coach Tina Hoeben. Nackoney medalled after finishing seventh in the 200-m fly, while Fotherby medalled as he was sixth in the 400-m freestyle, seventh in the 50-m freestyle and Lasinski snuck in for a medal as he was ninth in the 200-m breaststroke. Medals are given for first to ninth place.
“It’s a high-level meet,” said Hoeben. “Anybody who made finals was a high-level swimmer. Pretty tough to make finals.” The KISU group took on swimmers from north and southern California, Oregon and Washington State. There were also Canadian clubs from B.C., Alberta, Saskatchewan and Quebec. The event attracted approximately 1,500 swimmers, which provided a lot of energy, said Hoeben. The championship opened with the 200-m backstroke, which Hoeben said is “one of the hardest strokes to transfer to outdoor swimming,” partly because with the event being outdoors, the sky doesn’t provide cues as to how straight the athletes are swimming.
Peach City Classic soccer
Pinnacles Football Club is hosting its Peach City Classic. The tournament has 50 teams competing and they will be divided into three divisions.
The Metro division is offered for highly competitive teams, gold division is for district calibre play and silver for teams that are less competitive. The schedule for the tournament is available at http://site2441.goalline.ca. Action begins at Kings Park at 4 p.m.
Skaters pass the test
The Glengarry Figure Skating Club put its skaters to the test on Aug. 9 and saw positive results.
In the dance category, Chantelle Stevens passed the dutch waltz, Megane Martineau the canasta tango, Kate Piche, baby blues, Alex Jung and Jocelyn Erdt, swing, Samantha MacNally and Joycey Cheng, willow waltz, Maddy Maywood and Alanna Walters, ten-fox, Maywood, Walters and Julia Crowther 14 step, Keara Anutooshkin, the harris tango and Isabelle Tuckwood, killian.
In skills, Maywood received junior bronze and Walters, senior bronze. For the free skate, Maywood completed the preliminary part two, Saki Smith junior bronze part two and Sabrina Fortunato junior silver part one.
The club is also sending Stevens, Sienna Nichols, Erdt, MacNally, Walters, Jordana McEachern and Nadia Snyman to Burnaby Aug. 14-17 for the BC/YK Super Series SummerSkate competition.
Kripps off to race in Germany
Summerland’s Justin Kripps is replacing the runners on his sled for wheels and hit the streets of downtown Huckeswagen, Germany for a truly unique summer bobsleigh race, Aug. 22-24. Kripps, 27, and Olympic brakeman, Ben Coakwell of Saskatoon, will be among 11 nations that will blast through the party of more than 20,000 people that will fill the downtown core to watch the world’s best steer down a winding, hilly street at speeds topping 80 kilometers an hour. It is the fourth time Huckeswagen has hosted a pre-season summer competition. It is the first time Canada and the United States will each send a team.
“I think this is an amazing opportunity to promote our sport in a fun, party-like environment with thousands of people watching during the summer months,” said Kripps in a Bobsleigh Canada Skeleton release. “It will be great to catch up with a lot of the top athletes and see where they are at, but also to get a race in when things are a little more relaxed.”
In addition to the race and outdoor festival, a push competition will also be held at night on August 22.
“The push competitions are so fun, and such a great way to showcase the strength, power and speed of the athletes. I think it is important for us to be there to support the sport, but also encourage athletes from around the world to come to our push competition in Canada that we started last year,” added Kripps.