-By Kerry Hale
Nanaimo, BC, played host to the BC Summer Games from July 17th-20th. The best 14-15 year-old triathletes from the province, who qualified via various races in the lead-up to the Games, participated in four events including an Aquathlon (300m swim/1km run) and Duathlon (300m swim/2km run) on Day 1 of competition, a Sprint Triathlon (500m swim/10km ride/3km run) and Mixed Team Relay on Day 2, and a F1 draft-legal triathlon (200m swim/3km swim/1km run) on Day 3.
On the girl’s side, consistent standout performances came from Desrae Ridenour of Vancouver Island who claimed 3 gold and 1 silver medal, Kyra McNulty of the Okanagan who collected 1 gold, 2 silvers, and 1 bronze, and Hannah Henry of Vancouver Island who pocketed 1 silver and 3 bronze.
In the boy’s events, Josiah Ney of Vancouver Island claimed victory in each race earning himself 4 gold medals, Jordan Hopkins of Vancouver Island claimed 4 silver medals and Jackson Konkin of the Kootenays picked up 3 bronze medals.
All athletes were praised for their sportsmanship throughout the competition with high-fives and congratulations passed between each at the finish line.
The future of triathlon in BC is in safe hands.