Eight athletes representing Fort St. John at Special Olympics Summer Games

The group of ten athletes and coaches from Fort St. John that are heading to the Special Olympics B.C. Summer Games. Photo by Special Olympics BC - Fort St. John.

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Eight athletes from the Fort St. John area will be representing the North Peace this week at the Special Olympics B.C. Summer Games in Kamloops.

The Fort St. John branch of SOBC Kathy Turney says that this will be the biggest group of athletes heading to the Summer Games in B.C., comprised of eight athletes and two coaches. One of the group’s athletes no longer resides in the Energetic City, but still competes for the Northern B.C. Zone.

Mykaela Stewart and Britni Renaud will be competing in the sport of Rhythmic Gymnastics. Sheryl Jakubowski will be the group’s lone athlete competing in athletics. Wyatt Turney and Nicholas Mitchell will be joined by two others from Quesnel and will form a team that is competing in both 5- and 10-pin bowling.

The pool will see a total of three swimmers from Fort St. John competing. Russell Wheat, Miranda Laboucane, and Tina Tompkins will be competing in Aquatics. Turney says that seven members of the team will be leaving Fort St. John tomorrow at 12:30 a.m. for their bus trip to Kamloops, ahead of the Summer Games’ opening ceremony on Thursday evening. The opening ceremonies will be streamed live on the Special Olympics B.C. Facebook page.