A strong contingent from Delta is among 382 BC athletes in Niagara, Ont. for the 2022 Canada Summer Games that got underway today (Aug. 6) and run until Aug. 21.
The Games are the first to be held since the 2017 edition in Winnipeg, where Team BC finished second behind Team Ontario (212 medals) with a record-setting 146 medals. Team BC is expected to be a top performer once again.
A pair of Tsawwassen athletes to keep an eye on in athletics are Isla Stewart and Aidan Turner.
Stewart, who graduated from South Delta Secondary in June, is the top ranked U20 high jumper in the country thanks to a personal best leap of 1.75 metres at the Canadian Championships in late June in Langley. Her mom also happens to be her coach, UBC Hall of Fame inductee and three-time Canadian university champion Jeannie Cockroft. She is also a former Canada Games gold medalist back in 1985.
Turner, 17, will be showcasing his all-round talents in the decathlon event. At the recent 2022 Nationals, he won the pole vault and was third in the long jump. He is also coached by his mom, Michaela Colluney.
On the ball diamond, Kenny Scott, William Anderson and Noah del Rosario will be in Team BC colours. All three are members of the B.C. Premier Baseball League regular season champion Delta Jays.
The return of box lacrosse to the Canada Summer Games line-up means an opportunity for Delta Islanders standouts Jared Maznik and Johnathan Milne, who will try to help Team BC go for gold.
Also representing Delta in Niagara are: Aiden Miller (athletics), Kian Proctor (soccer), Camryn Milley (softball) and Caitlin Lawrence (rowing).
“It's always a joy to see BC's athletes compete and shine at the Canada Games, but these Games are uniquely special. These Games are a testament to the determination, perseverance and passion of the athletes, coaches and mission staff alike,” said Jennifer Scott, Team BC - Chef de Mission in a news release.