Langley athletes soon to leave for Canada Games

Local athletes will compete in paddling, wrestling, and volleyball, among other sports.

Langley is sending a contingent of athletes from multiple sports to the Canada Summer Games, set to start later this month.

The games run from July 28 to Aug. 13 in Winnipeg, Man. More than 4,000 athletes and 20,000 visitors are expected to attend.

The Langley athletes taking part are:

• Megan Champoux, Athletics

• Nickolas Colyn, Athletics

• Ethan Foster, Athletics

• Cheryl Jean-Paul, Women’s Basketball manager

• Meghan Cheung, Canoe-Kayak

• Kailee Lingham, Diving

• Jessie Nowotny, Diving

• Christian Gulka, Rowing

• Sebastian Gulka, Rowing

• Reese Moffatt, Women’s Soccer

• Taylor Gillis, Women’s Softball

• Allison McMillan, Women’s Softball

• Julia Wright, Women’s Softball

• Ji-Hwan Kim, Swimming

• Darby Dunn, Beach Volleyball

• Kalyn Hartmann, Women’s Indoor Volleyball

• Brodie Hofer, Men’s Indoor Volleyball

• Reid Marriott, Men’s Indoor Volleyball

• Ana Paula Gonzalez, Wrestling

• Pritpaul Johal, Wrestling

Aldergrove athlete Megan Champoux, 17, is a perfect example of the skill levels BC. athletes are bringing to the games.

She not only won the gold medal at the 2016 Royal Canadian Legion track and field championships in Quebec, but she also set a meet record in the youth girls’ 400m hurdles race. Champoux also helped Team BC win bronze in the 4×400 relay.

Champoux was also part of the Fraser Valley (Zone 3) team that hurdled and hauled in multiple gold medals at the 2014 BC Summer Games in Nanaimo.

In the girls 80 metre hurdles, Champoux won gold after she clocked a time of 11.88 seconds. She edged out Vancouver-Squamish’s (Zone 6) Emma Rastad by 0.12 seconds.

Champoux also ran in the 400m hurdles for Canada at the 2015 World Youth Games in Cali, Colombia.

Hurdling comes naturally for Champoux. Growing up, riding horses has been a daily habit for the teenager, who recently completed grade 12.

She has been riding since she was three or four years old, but her mom Sarah wanted her daughter — then nine years old — to give another sport a try, to go alongside her equestrian passion.

She is a member of the Langley Mustangs Track and Field Club.

This year’s Team BC will be sending 354 athletes, 52 coaches, 27 managers and technical staff, and 22 mission staff. They will compete in 16 sports.

This is the 50th anniversary of the Canada Games.

– with Black Press files