Nine Tumbler Ridge high school athletes attended the North Central BC Track and Field Championships in Prince George on 25 and 26 May. In amongst the value of such team-building, and the positive experience of competing against the best student athletes in the north, there were some outstanding results, and some special attributes that characterized the Tumbler team.
Firstly, the Tumbler Ridge athletes entered proportionately more events than any other school. This means that they are trying their hand at a lot of different events, even those they may not think they are best at. Sometimes this yields unanticipated results, such as when Crystal Fry grabbed gold in the Bantam Javelin, or Karli Watt held on magnificently for Bronze in the Junior 400 meters.
Secondly, there is incredible depth in the Tumbler Ridge Bantam Girls team. This allowed their relay team to sprint in for a silver medal in just over 60 seconds. It also made for a remarkable second place in the team standings, out of nine teams.
Daniel Helm (Junior) attained personal best times in the 800 meters and 1500 meters, and with two second place finishes, just missed qualifying for the provincial championships. Braden Watt (Juvenile) and Andy Smith (Bantam) both displayed improving form and achieved personal bests, both on the track and in the field events. Kelsey Legault, in her third year of competition, delivered a variety of strong performances including silver in the Bantam Javelin, and some fine fourth place finishes. Jessica Cameron is the newest addition to the Bantam team, and held her own in numerous events, showing that she will be a force to be reckoned with in years to come.
Natalie Sharman brought back an astonishing variety of hardware, with gold in Shot Put and Discus, silver in 100 meters and Hurdles, and bronze in 200 meters and Long Jump. Carina Helm excelled with first place finishes in the Bantam 1500 meters and 1500 meter Steeplechase and silver in discus and shot put.
Coaches Linda Helm, Birgit Sharman, Mr Hogg, Ms O?Reilly and Dr Charles Helm were able to accompany the athletes to Prince George and spur them on. All in all it was a good weekend for TR athletics, and the development of these athletes, all of whom have many more years in school here, will be watched with interest and excitement.