They’re in Kamloops. The first athletes and coaches stepped off the buses at Thompson Rivers University, and though tired from the ride up the Coquihalla Highway, excited to finally get closer to competition.
Men’s and women’s softball teams used their commute time wisely incorporating mental performance consultant Lauren Jones (Vancouver) for their own private session.
“Lauren challenged the kids,” said men’s softball team manager Kevin Weir (Victoria). “Everybody got something out of the experience. She had a captive audience and it was good added value.”
Team BC has sent 345 athletes aged 12 to 22 and 72 coaches to the 2011 Western Canada Summer Games. BC has won the Western Canada Summer Games Cup every year since the Games’ inception in 1975.
Weir says speed will be men’s softball team’s number one asset.
“You won’t see a lot of home runs from us,” continued Weir. “But we’ll put a lot of balls in play and make things happen.”
The 2011 Western Canada Summer Games is currently taking place in Kamloops until August 14, bringing together approximately 2,300 athletes competing in 19 sports, along with coaches, managers and officials from British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Nunavut, Northwest Territories and the Yukon Territory.
Take the time to attend the event and cheer for our home athletes and B.C. Teams.