Local teens compete at BC Summer Games

  • Jul. 31, 2008 8:00 p.m.

Two young islanders who competed at this year’s BC Summer Games in Kelowna returned home Monday (July 28) with excellent results. Jordie Laidlaw of Queen Charlotte and Ryan Barnes of Skidegate have been on the Queen Charlotte Secondary track and field team for the past two years and qualified for the BC Summer Games at the zone finals in Smithers earlier this year. In Kelowna, Ryan placed ninth in the triple jump with a jump of 9.59 metres, and 10th in the long jump, with a jump of 4.81 metres. Jordie placed seventh in the hammer throw, throwing 32.94 metres – a new record for Queen Charlotte Secondary. BC Summer Games paid for all travel, food and accommodations for the athletes, and made special travel arrangements for Jodie and Ryan. While the rest of the northern athletes hopped on a charter plane in Smithers, BC Summer games arranged for the islands athletes to fly out of Sandspit. They were accompanied by assistant coach/chaperone Kerry Laidlaw, and coach Neal Currie, who had been practicing with the teens for about six hours a week. Congratulations!

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