Thursday, July 16, 2015

Pincher Creek places fourth at 2015 Southern Alberta Summer Games in Claresholm

K. Jorgenson photos

Toni Lucas , photos courtesy of Claire Johnson and  Kim Jorgenson

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 
Johnson enjoyed the work that came with her position.  "Hopping from event to event made it a busy, exciting few days and it was great to be able to talk with the athletes and cheer them on. Thank you to the wonderful athletes who played with full hearts and persevered in the intense heat. It was wonderful to see the athletes enjoying themselves and interacting with the surrounding communities. Thank you to the parents, coaches, officials and volunteers who gave up their time to help transport, teach, officiate and put together the Games. Many people stepped up to assist and went above and beyond their roles to help make the Games possible. A big thank you to Claresholm for hosting the Southern Alberta Summer Games and continuing the tradition of a unique grassroots festival of events! Congratulations athletes and thank you for representing Pincher Creek so wonderfully."

Sasha- Youngest runner in the 2.5 km race

Brenda Shenton with Sasha
Related link:  Pincher Creek results page on the SASG website 
Related story:  2015 Southern Alberta Summer Games - an athlete's perspective

  Kim Jorgenson

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