Sooke athletes set course for BC Summer Games – Vancouver Island Free Daily

Four competitors from Sooke are aiming to return from the BC Summer Games with medals.

Vincent Magdziarz and Finn Unger will test their sailing prowess, Nathan Trecartin is on the boys’ soccer team and Kim Scott will serve as an adult supervisor in the equestrian/Paralympic events.

All four will compete as Vancouver Island-Central Coast representatives.

More than 2,300 athletes from 170 communities across the province, representing all ridings, will compete in 18 different sports at the BC Summer Games, taking place July 21-24 in Prince George.

Attendees are on average 14 years old and will mark their first multi-sport gaming experience for many, said Alison Noble, president and CEO of the BC Games Society.

Athletes will be supported by 451 coaches and 161 officials responsible for providing a safe and competitive environment.

“The Prince George Host Society has done an amazing job preparing for these games and it’s just one more step towards what will be a great event in July,” said Noble.

“All of our athletes have worked extremely hard to get to these games, and we couldn’t be more excited to host them.”

Community volunteers in Prince George have been preparing to host the games for 18 months and will come together to ensure participants have exceptional competition and a top-notch experience with an opening and closing ceremony, special events and hospitality.

“We look forward to welcoming these athletes, coaches and officials to our city and making this a memorable event,” said Renee McCloskey, Chair of the 2022 Prince George Summer Games in British Columbia. “Our community has come together to organize these games and take the opportunity to introduce the unique culture and spirit of Prince George to the rest of British Columbia”

The BC Winter and Summer Games served as a starting point for many athletes who progressed to higher levels of competition. BC Summer Games alumni who competed in the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics include Madison Mailey in rowing, Bo Hodges in wheelchair basketball, Julia Grosso in soccer and Brent Hayden in swimming.

BC Winter Games alumnus Meryeta O’Dine of Prince George recently won two bronze medals for Canada at the Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games.

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