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Kajaks finish on podium at BC Summer Games

By Richmond Sentinel

Published 2:51 PDT, Wed August 10, 2022

Late last month, Richmond Kajaks athletes took part in the 2022 BC Summer Games, which were held in Prince George.

Several Kajaks had podium finishes, representing a variety of track and field events. Athletes can only participate if they are 14 or 15 years old.

Among the Kajaks athletes were the following medal finishers:

• Natalie Franke, shot put (third place)

• Katherine Kennedy, 3x3 basketball (second place)

• Merina Lau, triathlon (second place)

• Chase Longley, hammer throw (third place) and discus (second place)

• Lawrence Man, hammer throw (first place)

• Sofia Varma-Vitug, triple jump (first place) and 4x400 mixed relay (second place)

• Besty Ye, triple jump (second place)

Varma-Vitug also received the BC Athletics Leadership Bursary Award, which recognizes her achievement in athletics, academics, leadership, and volunteer activities. This is one of two awards per zone. Varma-Vitug plans to make a donation to KidSport Richmond in honour of longtime Kajaks coach Moseley Jack, who passed away last year, with her funds from the award.

The BC Summer Games are normally held every two years, but the 2020 event was cancelled due to the pandemic. This year marked a return to competition, with over 2,200 athletes in total.

"Having athletes from every corner of B.C. gather again in Prince George is a dream come true for competitors, coaches, volunteers, and organizers. This is an exciting opportunity for our province's top young athletes to demonstrate their hard work and determination,” said Melanie Mark, Hli Haykwhl Wii Xsgaak, Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture, and Sport.

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