Kitimatians off to BC Winter Games

Starting today Kitimat athletes will begin competing at the BC Winter Games in Mission.

Starting February 20 the BC Winter Games kicks off in Mission, and a number of Kitimat athletes are making the trek to compete against the province’s best.

A female curling team, a karate team and gymnastics competitors are all on their way.

In all, 19 people are going, including coaches.

Representing the curlers is Team Reese-Hansen. On that team is Taylor Reese-Hansen, Micaela Stevenson (third), Leah Anthony (second),  Emma Baker as lead, and fifth is Jordyn Zanella.

Nicholas Ferguson and Yeoh Melissa are going as competitors for the Kitimat gymnasts.

In karate, Jeremy Baker, Sage Benet, Taya Hill, Alyssa Pangan, Nolan Striker and Ethan Velho are all set to compete.

The curlers’ head coach Laurel DeGoeij said that their whole team is quite excited about the competition.

“I think they will do really well if they keep their nerves in check,” she said.

This is the third year that most of the team has curled together, while all have risen in positions.

As for their biggest competition, she said the girls frequently talk about the competition they’ll see from the Hawes Rink.

The Hawes Rink is based in Coquitlam.