Three swimmers from the Kitimat Marlins swim club were part of a B.C. team that travelled to Toronto to compete in the North American Aboriginal Games.
With 167 swimmers from 17 provinces, territories and states from around North America competing, the Marlins showed that they were some of the best Aboriginal swimmers in North America, with all three winning medals in individual and relay events.
Chilcotin and Cheslatta Carrier Nation swimmer Jadyn Johnston (12), competing in the 14 and under boys division for individual events, and 15 to 16 division for relays, brought home medals in all six of his individual events and helped his team B.C. relays to medal as well.
Johnston took gold in the 50 and 200 metre butterfly, 400 free relay and 200 medley relay. He also took silver medals in the 100 fly, 200, 400 and 1,500 metre freestyle, and the 200 freestyle relay.
Nisga’a swimmer Kleanza Cathers (17), from the Killer Whale Clan, competing in the 17 to 19 year old girls division, took home five medals.
She took the gold medal in the 800 freestyle, silver medals in the 50 and 400 metre freestyle, and bronze medals in the 200 metre backstroke and 200 medley relay.
She also made the finals (top eight overall) in the 50 back, 200 free, 200 free and 400 free relay, finishing fourth.
Haisla first year competitive swimmer Ethan Amos (16), from the Qu’loon (Beaver) Clan, competing in the 15 to 16 boys division, had his best individual result in the 1,500 metre freestyle with a bronze medal.
He also helped team B.C. win the gold medal in the 400 free relay and the silver medal in the 200 free relay. Amos also made the finals (placed top eight overall) in the 400 free placing fifth, 200 free placing sixth, and seventh in the 50 fly.