Julianne Moore (foreground) and Lys Milne approach a hurdle in the 1,500m steeplechase race during the 2018 BC Summer Games in Cowichan. (Lois DeEll/BC Games)

Shuswap athletes showcase medal-worthy performances in BC Games

Gold in basketball, soccer among highlights for Thompson-Okanagan team

  • Jul. 24, 2018 12:00 a.m.

Shuswap athletes came home from the 2018 BC Summer Games in Cowichan with some impressive results on the scoreboard after a weekend of fierce competition.

The Games wrapped up July 22 and several athletes from the area made the trip to Cowichan with the Thompson-Okanagan regional team.

Whether competing individually or as part of a team, many of these athletes helped earn the region medals.

Finn Rodwell joined the Thompson-Okanagan boys basketball team, which ground the competition to a stop on the court for a gold-medal finish.

The boys’ soccer squad fared much the same, with Kyprian Knopp joining the regional team and bringing home a gold medal after dominating the soccer competition.

Phoebe Barnes, Julia Hart, Janae Bocking and Gabriella Torrie were a part of the regional girls’ soccer team, finishing fourth overall in their bracket.

Shuswap lacrosse players joined both the field and box lacrosse teams for the Thompson-Okanagan region, with both teams earning medals for their efforts.

Brandon Jacobsen helped the zone box- lacrosse team to a silver-medal finish and Caden Peters hit the pitch with the field-lacrosse team, bringing home a bronze.

Both the boys’ and girls’ regional softball teams saw good results at the 2018 BC Games. Mason Netowaysin and Brianna Billy of Chase were on the roster for these teams, both helping to secure a silver-medal finish over the weekend.

In the final team sports category featuring Shuswap competitors, Jake Bartels joined the Thompson-Okanagan boys’ volleyball team and put in a solid effort to secure a bronze-medal finish in the event.

The athletics category, featuring track and field events, saw a large number of Shuswap competitors hitting the track.

In the 300m hurdles, Meaghan Kujat raced to a bronze-medal finish, also competing in the 80m hurdles and coming in ninth place.

Julianne Moore and Lys Milne were a part of the girls 4x400m relay team, helping the Thompson-Okanagan squad reach a fifth-place finish.

Moore also took part in the 1,200m race, finishing 12th, and the 1,500m steeplechase, finishing eighth. Milne ran in the 2,000m race, placing 13th, and the 1,500m steeplechase where she placed sixth.

Talia Brown took part in four separate race events, finishing ninth in the super sprint triathlon, seventh in the duathlon, tenth in the aquathlon and ninth in the F1 triathlon.

Natasha Kociuba took part in the shot-put throw, finishing eighth in that event, and the discus throw where she finished 16th.

A previous version of this story incorrectly listed Finn Rodwell as playing on both the boy’s soccer and basketball teams and one local player was missed on the girl’s soccer roster; Kyprian Knopp joined the Thompson-Okanagan regional team to win gold in boy’s soccer and Janae Bocking joined the girl’s soccer team to finish fourth overall. The Observer apologizes for this error and the story will receive corrections both in print and online.


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