Sports in BRIEF

PMHA president Bruce Judd steps down, Challenge Penticton gets cash, hockey players shortlisted by Team B.C. and KISU makes mark

Bruce Judd steps down as PMHA president

Penticton Minor Hockey Association has a temporary president after Bruce Judd stepped down at Tuesday’s meeting. Val Fulton, who was elected as vice-president at the PMHA’s annual general meeting in May, is the acting president and confirmed in an email that Judd resigned. Fulton said she would comment on the changes next week. Judd could not be reached for comment.

Challenge Penticton gets cash infusion

The Penticton Triathlon Race Society is getting a boost of $125,000 thanks to B.C.’s community gaming grant program. Premier Christy Clark made the announcement at the Penticton Wine Country Chamber of Commerce luncheon on Wednesday. The funds will support the Challenge Penticton triathlon on Aug. 24.

Penticton mayor Garry Litke said it’s a good investment for the city, one which he believes former mayor and Penticton MLA Dan Ashton had a lot to do with by speaking on behalf of the city.

“It’s certainly welcome,” said Litke. “It certainly will help us get through this transitional period.”

“Challenge Penticton builds on a long history of iron-distance triathlon in this city,” said Ashton in a release. “Whether it’s the challenging triathlon or the numerous community events tied to it, this event has something for everyone. I encourage people of all ages to enjoy this year’s festivities.”

The grant is awarded under the sport category of the Community Gaming Grant Program, which allows non-profit organizations to apply for provincial gaming revenues from the Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development. Gaming grants are also awarded in the categories of public safety, environment and human and social services. In the 2012/13 fiscal year, the B.C. government distributed a total of $135 million in gaming grants for eligible community programs and services.

Team B.C. hockey shortlists Pentictonites

Penticton’s Shane Farkas and Ethan O’Rourke are among the 27 players shortlisted by Team B.C. in hockey to represent the province in the 2015 Canada Winter Games Feb.13 to March 1, 2015 in Prince George. Coaching staffs will now evaluate players over the course of the season with the final announcement being made in November.

KISU swimmers make mark

KISU swimmer Acacia Benn took first in the 1,000-metre freestyle in the provincial AA, AAA and open water competition at Thetis Lake July 7. Benn completed her swim in 13 minutes, 49 seconds. Jaren LeFranc placed 14th in the 15 and over 5,000-m free in 1:21:41, while Annalise Spence took 14th in the 2,000-m free, clocking in at 30:58.49.

LeFranc is attending the Age Group Nationals in Winnipeg and competing in the 100-m breast stroke.


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