Three CVAC Jaguars athletes made the cut at the BC Summer Games qualifiers late last month and will represent Vancouver Island in Nanaimo in late July.
Denise Roy will run the 100m and 200m at the Summer Games, Luke Armstrong will run the 300m and 800m, and Sion Griffiths will contend in a host of field events: javelin, pole vault, shot put and hammer throw. Both runners are also hoping to compete in relays.
Armstrong, 15, had already made the national standard times for his age group, so it seemed natural to try out for the Island team. Even then, he wasn’t certain he would qualify.
"I had hope that I’d make it, but the Island has pretty good competition," he said.
Roy, also 15, thought the Summer Games qualifiers would be a "good challenge," but knew she’d be battling with some other top athletes.
"I had high hopes, but I didn’t have high expectations," she said.
For Griffiths, 14, this will be his second BC Games of 2014 after competing in archery at the winter event in Mission. He hopes this won’t be his last games, either.
"[Track] was the only chance I had for this age," he said. "Next time I might try for beach volleyball."
Beyond the switch from archery to track and field, here will be a few other obvious differences between the Winter and Summer Games.
"It’ll probably be warmer," Griffiths said. "It’s going to be different because we don’t have to take a ferry."