During the summer, between a successful spring season for the Cowichan Bulldogs football program and the upcoming fall campaign, many young football players kept busy training and preparing, and participating in weekly camps hosted by the association to hone their skills and maintain their fitness.
Two young players took it up a notch, however, taking part in the football competition at the 2016 Legacy Performance Games in Kamloops in late July, where they helped the Vancouver Island team win the gold medal.
Starting linebackers Finn Shea and Jesse Kwasny helped the Island squad defeat the Mainland all-stars 7-0 in the championship game.
“The game and the experience gave the pair the opportunity to successfully showcase their skills and represent the Island, and Cowichan Football,” said Finn’s mom, Jayme Shea, who managed the peewee Bulldogs team both athletes played for in the spring.
Held this year on July 22-24, the Legacy Performance Games provide a multi-sport event opportunity for players whose sports are not included in the Western Canada or Canada Summer Games, or who might miss out on those events because of their age level.
Shea and Kwasny will move up to the junior bantam Bulldogs for the 2016 fall season, along with peewee and bantam, one of three teams being offered this season by the club. There is still time for players born between 2001 and 2007 to register for fall football. Visit cowichanfootball.com for more information.