Kelowna athletes will head to next Children’s Games

After Kelowna hosted games earlier this year, local contingent to keep the ball rolling

An important part of the legacy of hosting the International Children’s Winter Games in Kelowna this past January is the opportunity to send a team of athletes to future Children’s Games. Kelowna has done just that.

Team Kelowna will send a full team of young athletes and coaches to attend the summer games taking place in Lanarkshire, Scotland from Aug. 3 to 8.

Eighteen young athletes between the ages of 12 and 15 have been selected to represent Kelowna in the sports of swimming, sailing, track and field and golf.

“We have a very gifted team of athletes and coaches heading to Scotland this summer,” stated Heather Schneider, Head of Delegation for Team Kelowna. “This is an incredible opportunity for them to compete internationally and connect with different youth from around the world. None of the athletes have been to Scotland before.”

The maximum number of athletes a city can send to the Games is 18 and up to four coaches. Lanarkshire is expecting 75 cities to participate in the summer games and 1,500 athletes.

The 5th International Children’s Winter Games were held Jan. 26 to 31 in Kelowna.

Kelowna was the first host city for the Games outside of Europe. The Games were a tremendous success with almost 500 athletes and coaches from 37 cities attending.

Team Kelowna consists of a team of eighteen athletes. There are eight swimmers, four boys and four girls representing three different swim clubs in the region. This is a talented team with many of the members competing at the national championships in Montreal the week prior to the Games. The swimmers have a busy competition schedule planned with each athlete participating in four individual competions as well as team relay events. The swimmers are led by their coach Peter Wilkins.

• Swimmers—Katie Dunlop, Tia Itterman, Monique Kennedy, Lacey Falkingham, Denzel Mohamad, Aaron Obedkoff, Josh Zakala and Cameron Feil.

Track and field has the next largest group of athletes attending the Games with four girls and two boys. The girls will participate in the 4 x 100 relay as well as individual events. Both boys are longer distance runners and are entered in the 1,500 meter run. These athletes are led by their coach Daniel Medland-Marchen.

• Track and Field—Davis Hughes-Geekie, Adam Murray, Kennedy Kneller, Cassie Laturnus, and Katrina Ledding, and Elina Painchaud.

Team Kelowna’s talented sailing athletes are led by Team Kelowna’s head coach Devin Rubadeau. Sailing was introduced to the International Children’s Games in 2010. One sailor will compete in the Laser 4.7 and the other in the sailing Optimist.

• Sailors—Elizabeth Hardy and Thish Rajapakshe

Brand new to the games in Scotland this year is the sport of golf. Kelowna is very pleased to be sending two golfers to represent us at the Games. Both golfers are from the Kelowna Golf and Country Club and part of their junior program. The competition will be held at the historic Hamilton Golf Club in Lanarkshire. The golfers are led by their coach Ursula Sullivan.

• Golfers—Trevor Hamilton and Casey Sullivan

• Team Kelowna delegation—Heather Schneider, Head of Delegation, Team Kelowna; and coaches Devin Rubadeau, Peter Wilkins, Ursula Sullivan and Daniel Medland-Marchen.

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