Nelson will be well represented when the BC Summer Games kick off in Surrey next month.
A large contingent of local young athletes have qualified for the Kootenay Team and will now take on the best in the rest of the province July 19 to 22.
In baseball Hanno Southam, Sawyer Hunt, Austin Tambellini and Braeden Zarikoff will take to the diamond for the Kootenay Team.
Three area girls — Ashleigh Dergousoff, Naomi Perkins and Alex Zondervan — have cracked the Kootenay basketball squad for the Games.
At the canoe/kayak venue, a large group of area paddlers will hit the water on a team that includes Tenne Anderson, Galen Boulanger, Gino Catenacci, Kelly Hellman, Annie Hellman, Kevin Milde, Stuart Milde and Jacob Timmermans.
In golf Granite Pointe’s Carson Arcuri and Kaslo’s Shawn Ellard will tee it up in a field that is expected to be quite competitive.
The waters of Kootenay Lake have enabled the trio of Krysten Arrowsmith, Melane Arrowsmith and Adam McCaughey to match their sailing skills with the rest of the province.
Nelson’s lone member of the Kootenay softball team is Emma Hare.
Jayden Roch and Jessie Rehwald qualified to represent the Kootenays in beach volleyball. And in the volleyball played on the hardwood a large contingent of Mount Sentinel players made the Kootenay team that will include Patrick Falle, Spencer Legebokoff Lucas Raugust, Marco Slater, Thomas Veregin, Kyra Makortoff and Maida Rehwald.
Nelson Youth Soccer will be represented on both the boys and girls soccer Kootenay soccer clubs including Milo Baranyai-Sheppard, Thomas Baxter, Jaden Dyck, Ezra Foy, Sam Foy, Angus Paterson, Jesse Thurston, Sofia Arcuri, Ellee Atkinson, Julia Burkart, Ruby Creighton, Reece Hunt, Shianne Michalchuk, Hanna Quinn and Alix Renwick.
The BC Summer Games will bring together 2,300 young athletes, 475 coaches, 300 technical officials and 3,000 community volunteers at 20 different venues throughout Surrey and the Lower Mainland.