The Alberta Summer Games will be starting today in Leduc and running through the weekend with many Peace Country athletes competing. Over 300 local athletes between the ages of eleven and seventeen are competing in sports like athletics, baseball, football, basketball, canoe-kayak, mountain bike, lacrosse, rugby, soccer, thriathlon, softball, swimming, BMX and beach volleyball.
Grande Prairie rugby player Caitlyn Holton and Peace River basketball player Cayla Loughlin will be the zone 8 flag bearers.
Annika Fawcett of Grovedal and Merynn Piepgrass will represent the Grande Prairie area in female basketball. Evan Lloyd, Ryan Headon, Ervin Jon Lanada, Gabriel Jeremy Tolentino, Cole Wesloski, Bradley Neaudorf and Beaverlodge’s Gavin Ashworth will compete for the boys.
In Athletics, Grande Prairie’s Kris Baird, Seth Bell, Gavin Driedger, Sierra Esau, Lane Forseille, Kennedy Gray, Brayden Lasell, Chris Nelissen, Charlieze Sallis, Lydia Steinke, Anson Tangen and Brandon Tufford will be competing. Gordondale’s Elysia Day and Wyatt Day as well as Wembley’s Mya Teorpe, Sexsmith’s Vanessa Spenner, Beaverlodge’s Kobe Grocholski, Spirit River’s Eric Nooy, Hythe’s Troy Morgan and Woking’s Parker Gades will compete in Athletics as well.
Grande Prairie’s Mitchell Gorman and Chad Morrison will play beach volleyball for the Peace alongside Coach Martin Noskey. For female beach volleyball, Emily Batt and Keayna Haycock will compete.
Splashing their way through the competition in swimming will be the Swan City’s Jacey Ask, Marshall Frayn, Avery Gibbons, Tiffany Hessler, Owen Hoveland, Mairen Lawson, Aiden O’Donovan, Grace Stephenson and Adam Vitko. Sexsmith’s Sean McGillivrary and Grovedale’s Darius Monfette will also compete in swimming.
After winning a gold medal at provincials last weekend, the Thrashers are in Leduc with coach Lucas Brunham. Grande Prairie’s Justin Bain, Trystin Bain, Kale Black, EThan Boutcher, Tyler Burwash, Corbin Chambers, Torin Chambers, Levi Evans, Tye Evans, Ron Regnier, Ethan Sauder, Ethan Schmidt, Devon Tally, Jayden Watson, Hayden Zavaky and Wembley’s Logan Finnebraaten make up the team.
Chantelle Hampton, Kalista Mcnab and Emma Van buskirk will compete in female softball for the region.
Michelle Mosher will coach the zone 8 rugby team. Her team consists of players from the Swan City, Sexsmith, Crooked Creek and La Glace.
Football coaches Chris Luhtala, Travis Miller, Shane Morin, Aaron Hodges, Colin Coutler, Corey Howrish and General Manager Jolene Nellos will be bringing their team to compete. Team members heading to Leduc include those from Peace Country teams like the Bulldogs, Raiders, Broncos, Norsemen and Shamrocks.
Reyam Arseneault, Halle Brough, Nolan Fulcher, Luke Hahn, Oliver Hahn, Deklan Hewlett, Jordan Lundstrom and Ryker Sargea will compete in mountain biking.
There is eleven competitors set to compete in canoe-kayak competition from the region as well.
There are more than 3 thousand athletes, coaches and officials from across the province in Leduc for the games. In 2018, the Alberta Summer Games are set to be held in the Grande Prairie area in 2018.