Top athletes converge for district meet

Hundreds of elementary school track and field participants will be giving it their all at Nesika and Columneetza schools Friday.

Hundreds of elementary school track and field participants will be giving it their all at Nesika and Columneetza schools Friday, June 10 for the highly anticipated annual School District 27 elementary track meet.

The event has 329 of the city’s top elementary school athletes in Grades 4,5 and 6 making up the 1,200 entries to compete in  six events — long jump, triple jump and shot put as well as 400 metre, 100 metre and 1,000 metre runs.

“The last couple of years we’ve really emphasized that students meet a set minimum standard in each event before they can come to the district meet,” said organizer Kelvin Parent, noting about five of each the participating schools’ top athletes will take part in the event.

“We’re trying to push it so we have just the top athletes coming. We want them to have a feel for what it’s like at higher levels of competing so when they head off to middle school they’ll continue to compete.”

Schools attending the track meet include: Mountview, Chilcotin Road, Cataline, Nesika, Marie Sharpe, 150 Mile, Sacred Heart Catholic School, Grow Clubs (which are home schooled students in the district) and Big Lake.

“We have some incredible athletes coming out of Williams Lake. It should be a really good meet.”

Parent said the meet is made possible with the help of some 40 volunteers running the events.

The 1,000 metre run will take place Thursday afternoon between 3:30 p.m. and 5 p.m., before the rest of the events get underway Friday at 9:30 a.m. at both Nesika and Columneetza.

For a complete schedule of times and events visit www.sd27elementarysports.weebly.com

Riske Creek Turkey shoot

The community of Riske Creek is hosting the Riske Creek Turkey Shoot Sunday, June 12.

The event will take place behind the Riske Creek Rodeo Grounds with entries at 9 a.m. and shooting starting at 10 a.m.

There will be categories for youth, women and men and a concession will be available.