About 20 Salmon Arm athletes plus their coaches will be among more than 1,800 participants taking part in the Mission 2014 BC Winter Games kicking off Feb. 20. A total of 1,344 athletes will be supported by 346 coaches and 156 officials during the four-day event.
The athletes come from throughout B.C. and have earned a place to represent their zone at the Games. Competing in 18 different sports, the athletes range in age from nine to 17. Athletes with a disability will compete in wheelchair basketball, Special Olympics basketball, para-alpine and para-nordic events.
Local athletes competing in the various sports include:
• Badminton – Kevin Henz, Canoe; Natanya O’Brien; Nathan Renkema; Joy Savanagouder; Matthew Sharratt; McKenzie Woldringh, all from Salmon Arm.
• Judo – Casey Bourassa; Monica Gignac, head coach; Sachi Kutschker; and Reese Richardson, all from Salmon Arm.
• Ringette – Deanna Asham; Courtney Bacon; Jaicee Clifford; Emilie Petryshen; Adrianna Williams; Christine Williams, asst coach; and Emily Williams, all from Salmon Arm.
• Cross Country Skiing – David Bakker; Aidan Hepburn; Abbigail May, coach; Rachel May and Konrad Van Varseveld, all from Salmon Arm.
To find out who is registered to represent the community and sport at the Games, look at the participant list, available online and searchable by city, sport and name. The list may change up to Feb. 20.