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Young Kajaks shine at BC Junior Development Championships

Richmond club produces 17 medals in Surrey

Kajaks Track and Field Club showcased its up-and-coming talent at the B.C. Junior Development Championships in Surrey — July 19-21.

The Richmond-based club brought home 17 medals, along with several top eight finishes and plenty of personal bests.

The contingent was led by 12-year-old Lawrence Man who was a triple gold medalist in his age group with wins in the shot put, discus and hammer. The latter came on a personal best throw.

Here is a complete rundown of the individual highlights:

13-year-old Boys

Monty Mair: high jump (silver).

Zachary Kennedy: 2,000 metres (4th), 1,200 metres (6th), 800 metres (7th). Personal bests in each race.

Kieran Foster: hammer (silver), discus (fourth), shot put (6th).

12-year-old Boys

Lawrence Man: shot put (gold), discus (gold), hammer (gold).

12-year-old Girls

Charlotte Bosma: high jump (silver), 80 metre hurdles (bronze, personal best).

Emelia Lupynis: discus (silver), shot put (bronze). 

Sofia Varma-Vitug: 200 metres (10th, personal best).

Mya Bennett: 100 metres (8th, personal best).

Kayla Spear: long jump (personal best).

Claire Chiang: 300 metres (7th).

11-year-old Boys

Ryan Nickerson: shot put (gold), 60 metres (silver) long jump (silver), discus (silver), 100 metres (bronze, personal best).

10-year-old Boys

Tyler Ly: 100 metres (bronze, personal best), high jump (5th), 100 metres (personal best).

10-year-old Girls

Katie Kennedy: 600 metres (silver, personal best), 1,000 metres (bronze), 60 metre hurdles (8th), long jump (6th, personal best).

For kids who like to run in natural terrain, Kajaks Junior Development Cross Country training is starting in Aug. 26.Practices are out of Garry Point and Terra Nova Park. Kids can try the first session for free. For more information visit the club’s website or email