EDITORIAL-Congratulations to young Oak Bay athletes

Summer Games are a stepping stone to the future

This weekend, athletes in close to two dozen sports will gather in Nanaimo to participate in the BC Summer Games.

For many, like Oak Bay athlete Liam Gatensby, it will be their first foray into high level athletic competition.

For many teens, it will be the start of an athletic career that will take them on from the BC Summer Games to the Western Canada Games to the Canada Games, and for some, the Olympics.

They will remember this summer as the time their journey started.

For some, the BC Summer Games will be their only opportunity to participate in a multi-game event. But they, too, will remember their experiences at the Games for a lifetime.

It’s difficult for the News to ascertain just how many of young Oak Bay athletes will be participating in this year’s BC Summer Games, but we know their excitement and anticipation are certainly outweighed by the dedication and hard work put in by them throughout the year.

Like Liam, most of our young athletes keep their grades up and contribute to our community in a variety of ways.

We should be proud of their commitment to sport and the time they give to do their best.

Sport gives kids many opportunities in life, it teaches them life-lessons, not just about winning and losing, but about the value of hard work and effort.

It can also present educational and travel opportunities that will further enrich their lives.

To our Oak Bay BC Summer Games athletes, we say go out there and give it all you’ve got. Win or lose, you already make us proud.

 

 

Just Posted

U.S. college bribery scandal shines light on serious problem in Canada

Looking at the bigger picture of marginalization in universities

British Columbia Teachers’ Federation welcomes new leader

Teri Mooring will take over as president this summer

Three cougar sightings in three days

Saanich Police warn the public to be vigilant

BC Ferries has no plans to implement debit for vehicle ticket payments

Debit accepted for foot passengers, on-board purchases for all vessels

VIDEO: RCMP ask kids to help name soon-to-be police dogs

13 German shepherd puppies will be born this year

B.C. RCMP stop cyclist with no helmet, find out he’s wanted for murder

Kyle Antonio Dias, 19, to face second-degree murder charge in Toronto

Disappearance of Merritt cowboy now deemed suspicious: police

Ben Tyner was reported missing when his riderless horse was discovered on a logging road

Distillers hope federal budget scraps alcohol escalator tax

Tax hike set for April 1, marking third automatic increase in three years time

BC Ferries has no plans to implement debit for vehicle ticket payments

Debit accepted for foot passengers, on-board purchases for all vessels

‘The whole city has changed:’ B.C. woman in New Zealand reacts to mosque attacks

An expatriate and Muslim students at UBC Okanagan deeply affected by white supremacist shooting

Trudeau condemns hateful, ‘toxic segments’ of society after New Zealand shooting

Prime Minister expressed sorrow at the many attacks in recent years

Air Canada grounds its Boeing Max 8s until at least July 1 to provide certainty

Airlines around the world have been working to redeploy their fleets since their Max 8s were grounded last week

Budget to tout Liberal economic record, provide distraction from SNC furor

This is the Liberal government’s fourth and final budget before the election

Most Read