July 26, 2018
This past weekend, some of BC’s finest young athletes took part in what our Province realize as a smaller scale Olympic games: The BC summer games. This 2018 edition had over 2300 athletes compete in 18 sports at venues throughout the Cowichan Valley representing their home zones with determination and pride. DSSC had 2 members participating in this special event: Kirra Trites (12) and Marcus Hugo Viloria (12).
“I was very surprised about the quality of the ceremonies. It made us feel like we were in some serious sports games. The whole experience was fantastic. It was my first time sharing a classroom to sleep with other athletes, and the coaching staff present was very nice” shares Trites.
This edition marked the 40th anniversary of the BC summer games. Both the opening and the closing ceremony were spectacular, celebrating athletes, coaches, officials and volunteers’ contribution to the world of sports.
The BC Games are the starting point for many athletes as they pursue their goals and dreams of one day representing Canada on the world stage. A number of Olympians and Paralympians were involved in these Games as role models, mentors and administrators including Brent Hayden (swimming), Dave Calder (rowing), Sabrina Netty (athletics), Baeden Dolfo (athletics) and Richard Peter (wheelchair basketball).
“I really enjoyed being surrounded by other athletes and we were able to make many friends!” exclaims Viloria.
On the performance side, both DSSC athletes showed some great racing despite all the excitement and a lack of sleep. Viloria broke 2 club records: first in the 200m freestyle, bringing an ancient record from 1989 of 2:22.54 down to 2:21.90. His second, he accomplished it as the first leg of the 4x50m medley relay in backstroke, in a time of 32.90. Trites fought hard to win her heat in her 100m freestyle, beating her previous best time by half a second. She also took over 37 seconds off her 800m freestyle, just 9 seconds away from the DSSC’s club record.
Coming up for DSSC: part of the team will attend the Summer Invitational down at the Surrey Sport & Leisure Complex this weekend 28-29th of July. The whole club will then be on its annual summer break from August 1st. Come and see us again on our registration nights, September 5th and 6th from 5:00 to 7:00 pm.