Kelowna racquetball player Mitchell Bell is the first Kelowna racquetball player in close to 20 years to win a national level gold medal.

Local Racquetball kid brings home historic gold medals

Mitchell Bell wins first national gold for from racquetball nationals in 20 years

  • Sat May 4th, 2013 8:00am
  • Sports

For the first time in close to 20 years, a Kelowna racquetball player has won gold at the Canadian Junior Racquetball Championships.

Mitchell Bell won the gold medals, winning the boys under-8 multi-bounce division as well as the under-8 single bounce division at the event.

Bell and the other members of the Kelowna Junior Racquetball team are back in Kelowna after four competitors took part in the recent Canadian Junior Racquetball Championships in Burlington, Ontario.

The team consisted of Bell, Malaya Galigan, Spencer Bell and Teghan Braun along with their coach, Richard Gauthier who also served as assistant coach for Team B.C. The players qualified for nationals by their strong finishes at last month’s provincial championships that were held in Kelowna.

Other results saw Malaya Galigan finish in 2nd place in the Girls 10 and under division. She also placed 4th in the girls 12 and under division.  Spencer Bell placed 6th in the Boys 12 under division and 7th in the Boys 14 under doubles division. Teghan Braun, the oldest on the team, placed 7th in the Boys 18 and under division and 7th in the Boys 18 and under doubles division.

The Kelowna Junior Racquetball team plays out of Global Fitness and Racquet Centre in Kelowna.