|K. Jorgenson photos|
The 2015 Southern Alberta Summer Games (SASG) took place in Claresholm Alberta from Wednesday, July 8 to Saturday, July 11. Pincher Creek SASG Regional Director Claire Johnson was on hand to help facilitate the games, and to assist people from Pincher Creek. "Pincher Creek competed in almost all of the events that were going on, which is pretty cool," said Johnson. "The only ones I think we didn't have anyone in were handgun, golf, tennis and baseball. I can't think of anything else we weren't in. And a great age range of participants." MD of Pincher Creek had 170 participants and won 27 Bronze Medals, 32 Silver Medals and 80 Gold Medals this year, garnering the most gold medals for a single community. Johnson said she believes that Pincher Creek's experience hosting the games last year helped people decide to be involved in the event this year.
|Willow Creek's Tina Attrill lights the SASG flame|
|Ellie Stauffer, Danika Warkentin, Mya Citrigno, and (front) Denby Ettenhofer|
12 - 13 Girls Basketball Gold
"We ended up in fourth across the boards in the end. We got the most gold medals, but the most important thing, I thought, was that Pincher conducted themselves really well, and were great ambassadors of the community." Johnson said that it was sunny and hot during the games. "Even through some ups and downs Pincher did well, rallied, and had lots of fun. It was great to see all the kids smiling, and participating. That was fantastic."
|McKinney Ettenhofer Silver in Archery - Pre-Cubs Compound|
There were 20 sports with a variety of age classes participating. It was not all sports, the event included the opening and closing ceremonies, Art in the Park and historical walking tours, as well as the events of photography, and quilting. "It was great to see all of Claresholm's facilities used, and to see so many people from Pincher that were able to make it to the games."
|4 year old Sasha running with Grandma Brenda Shenton|
|Sasha- Youngest runner in the 2.5 km race|
|Brenda Shenton with Sasha|
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