Athletes from Sylvan heading to Alberta Winter Games

Ten Sylvan Lake athletes are listed among more than 2,200 athletes and coaches from across Alberta who have qualified

Ten Sylvan Lake athletes are listed among more than 2,200 athletes and coaches from across Alberta who have qualified to take part in the 2014 Alberta Winter Games.

The province’s premier multi-sport event for youth will take place jointly in Banff and Canmore from Feb. 6-9. Athletes range in age from 11-17 and have qualified through zone playoffs, according to an information bulletin from organizers.

Rylea Lunde is competing in the women’s sabre competition of fencing. Cory Wilson is listed in the men’s sabre competition.

Three youngsters are slated to participate in alpine skiing events. Therese Johnson, Jasmine Photinopoulos and Teaghan Wilson are all listed in the U14 female giant slalom and U14 female slalom categories.

In freestyle skiing, Taye Neish is in the youth male moguls and youth male slope-style categories while Cameron McBain is in the juvenile male moguls and juvenile male slope-style categories.

Keara Slimmon has qualified in five provincial level 3 artistic gymnastics categories including all around, bars, beam, floor and vault.

Listed as a competitor in the speed skating 13-14 male individual category is Jacob Gringhuis.

Dallas Zimmerman is entered in two cross country skiing categories — 15-16 juvenile male classic and 15-16 juvenile male sprint.

Banff Avenue will play host to the opening ceremonies to kick off the games Feb. 6. The following three days will be filled with exciting competition in 19 sports including Alpine Skiing, Biathlon, Figure Skating, Hockey and Speed Skating.

“We are very excited to be working in co-operation with the beautiful Bow Valley region to stage the 2014 Alberta Winter Games, where over 2,000 volunteers have been preparing to provide a first class experience for our young athletes and their coaches,” said John Short, chairman of Alberta Sport Connection.