Kelowna's contingent on the B.C. junior racquetball team: (back from left) Roni Lee

Kelowna's contingent on the B.C. junior racquetball team: (back from left) Roni Lee

National hardware for Kelowna racquetballers

JoeyCosmo Lee, Kevin Lee, Spencer Bell and Mitchell Bell win medals at Canadian juniors in Quebec

Four members of the Kelowna junior racquetball program brought home seven medals from the Canadian Junior Raquetball Championships in Valleyfield, Que.

In his first appearance at nationals, Kevin Lee, 7, placed second in the boys 8 under multi-bounce division.  Kevin, who is the current U8 provincial champion, also took third place in the singles division.

In the boys 10 under singles division, JoeyCosmo Lee, placed third in singles for the second consecutive year. He also won a gold medal in the boys 12-under doubles division with his partner from Kelowna, Mitchell Bell.

Mitchell also won a silver medal in the boys 10-under singles division, also for the second year in a row.

In the boys under 14 division Spencer Bell, placed first in the red division, and also placed fourth in the Boys doubles division, partnering with an athlete from Alberta.

Provincial team head coach Richard Gauthier was pleased with the results.

“The boys played their hearts out in this tournament, proving that they compete with the best players in the country, “said Gauthier who also coaches the Kelowna junior racquetball team. “I was absolutely proud to be able to coach them at nationals.

“Everyone was impressed with their fair play on the courts, even calling faults on themselves when the referee didn’t see the play,” he added. “That kind of attitude showed in Spencer Bell being nominated for the male sportsmanship award for the second year in a row.”

All four players, who train out of Global Fitness and Racquet Centre in Kelowna, qualified to represent Team B.C. thanks to first- or second-place finishes at provincials last month.


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