Valley students participate in B.C. summer games

Several local young athletes wrapped up successful efforts at the B.C. summer games in Nanaimo this past weekend.

Several local young athletes wrapped up successful efforts at the B.C. summer games in Nanaimo this past weekend.

A crew of four David Thompson Secondary School students attended the games, representing the Kootenay zone, including Matt Swallow, who was part of the fifth-place 4×400-metre Kootenay relay team, and finished 10th in the 800-metre run, and 13th in the long jump; Justin Grosso, who was part of the eighth-place 4×100-metre Kootenay relay team, and came 14th in the 200-metre hurdles; Billy Bowen, who was also part of the eighth-place 4×100-metre Kootenay relay team and was 21st in the 100-metre dash; and Thomas Carriere who came 16th in the the discus throw and 23rd in the 100-metre dash.

The games drew more than 3,200 athletes, coaches and officials from across B.C. to take part in 19 sports across four days in Nanaimo, from Thursday, July 17th to Sunday, July 20th.

The closing ceremony was attended by B.C. Lieutenant Governor Judith Guichon, who officially closed the games, and featured local entertainment from Mikaila Tombe and dancers from Vibrant Dance Studios and Tempo Dance Academy, as well as 13-year-old Ian Perry and his band from Gabriola Island. The number of athletes at the games was equalled by the 3,200 volunteers who helped put the games together. The next B.C. games will be in 2016, with Penticton hosting the winter games and Abbotsford hosting the summer games.