Tumbler Ridge sent a powerful team of twelve athletes to the Zone 8 Championships in Prince George on May 23 and 24. This was the culmination of months of training under the watchful eyes of coaches Birgit Sharman and Linda Helm. The province is divided into twelve zones; Zone 8 extends north from Williams Lake and east from Burns Lake, all the way up to Fort Nelson.
As a result of top two placings in their events, or meeting qualifying standards, five of these athletes qualified to travel to Burnaby for the BC provincial Championships on May 30: Kelsey Billey , Carina Helm, Daniel Helm, Tiffany Hetenyi and Natalie Sharman. The remaining athletes, Crystal Fry, Kelsey Legault, Mackenzie Newhook, Tiffany Oliver, Jordan Pittman, Cody Primeau, Braden Watt, Karli Watt performed extremely well, with numerous medals and personal bests.
Special mention needs to be made of Laura Sharman. In making a clean sweep of the 100 metres, 200 metres and 80 metres hurdles in the Bantam division, she signalled her talent, breaking two all-time records for the zone. As Laura is in Grade 7, she can only qualify in 2009 to go to the Provincial Championships. The times she has set this year are outstanding, in particular her eclipsing of the 13.00 record time (set in 1977) with her 12.55 second time in the 100 metre dash.