Cyclist Nigel Ellsay (Courtenay) won Team BC’s first gold medal of week two at the Western Canada Summer Games in Kamloops on Aug. 11, winning the time trial in 25.49.3. Though claiming it was a tough course, Ellsay said he felt good about his race.
“I wasn’t too nervous,” smiled Ellsay. “It was a pretty hard course with hard climbs for the first five kilometres. After the turnaround we had a two kilometre climb that was really tough. But I was pretty confident throughout the race.”
Ellsay takes part in the 100km road race Friday alongside teammate Adam de Vos (Victoria) who won the bronze medal in the time trial in 27.04.5.
Men’s and women’s golf had a practice round on The Dunes on opening day and head coach Jody Jackson (Victoria) is pretty confident the team will perform well.
“We had the team up for a training camp here earlier in the year so the team knows the course,” said Jackson. The golf team features Mark Valliere (Courtenay).
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Team BC has sent 345 athletes aged 12 to 22 and 72 coaches to the 2011 Western Canada Summer Games. BC has won the Western Canada Summer Games Cup every year since the Games’ inception in 1975.
The 2011 Western Canada Summer Games take place Aug. 5-14 in Kamloops and will bring together approximately 2,300 athletes competing in 19 sports, along with coaches, managers and officials from British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Nunavut, Northwest Territories and the Yukon Territory.