Two of the three Comox Valley athletes at the 2015 Western Canada Summer Games are going to be churning up the the swimming pool over the next few days.
Brooke Lamoureux and Jordyn Ryan have several events on their calendar, beginning Aug. 13 when Lamoureux competes in finals of the 4x200m freestyle relay and Ryan does the first heat of the 400m IM.
On Friday, Lamoureux is in the second heat of the 400m freestyle while Ryan is in the third heat of the 200m backstroke and second heat of the 200m butterfly.
On Saturday, Lamoureux is in the third heat of the 200m freestyle and finals of the 800m freestyle while Ryan is in the first heat of the 100m butterfly and third heat of 200m IM.
The swimmers are both 16 years old and have been with the Comox Valley Aquatic Club Sharks for eight years. Former CVAC coach Mike Flegel is a coach at the Games, being held Aug. 7-16 in Wood Buffalo, Alta.
The Valley’s other athlete at the Games is 15-year-old Elizabeth Gummer. In her first year of competitive running, the Comox Valley Cougars Track & Field Club member finished fourth in the 400m run on Aug. 9.
The Valley also has two representatives on Team BC’s mission staff – Don Sharpe and Danelle Kabush.
A contingent of 427 people including 334 athletes, 47 coaches, 24 managers, and 22 mission staff make up Team BC as they take on the best in the west in 18 sports.
British Columbia has taken part in the Western Canada Summer Games since 1975 when the Games were first held in Regina. Team BC has won the Western Canada Summer Games trophy all 10 times the Games have been held and is expected to be very competitive again this year.
Many high level athletes have launched their athletic careers through the BC Games and Team BC. There were 51 Team BC alumni competing at the recent Pan Am Games in Toronto.
Team BC finished first at the 2011 Western Canada Summer Games in Kamloops with a record 255 medals.
The latest Team BC news is at teambc.org and live results are at 2015woodbuffalo.com