Tumbler Ridge Athletes compete in Prince George

A team of ten Tumbler Ridge athletes competed in the Spruce Capital Invitational meet in Prince George on June 10-11. This is the most important meet in the annual track and field calendar in northern BC. Four Helms, three Sharmans and three from the Legault clan participated, and enjoyed the great synthetic track and other fine facilities of the Masitch Stadium.

Personal bests were set by every single athlete, which is quite an amazing accomplishment, and reflects the intensive training that the athletes put in for the past few months. The results show many first, second and third place finishes for the TR team in both track and field events. One interesting feature was the number of Masters athletes, with coaches Linda Helm and Birgit Sharman participating. It was Birgit?s first outing on the track since her high school championship days. The third TR coach, Max Allen, set PBs for discus and javelin, and there was a lot of positive role-modelling going on.

Laura Sharman?s win in the 200 meters and 2nd place in Long Jump, and Natalie Sharman?s win in shot put and 2nd place finishes in 100 meters and Long Jump rate special mention. Daniel Helm?s win in the 3000 meters may be good enough to get him a berth in the BC Summer Games.

The Tumbler Ridge athletics contingent has been increasing and getting stronger steadily for the last few years, and there is an outstanding crop of younger athletes coming through. Once Tumbler Ridge gets its own track and field facility this will be an added incentive to promote this healthy activity.