Strong medal haul for Nanaimo athletes at BC Track and Field Championships
Dan Marshall - Nanimo News Now
June 6, 2017
LANGLEY — Two gold medals highlighted the list of accomplishments for local athletes at the BC High School Track and Field Championships over the weekend.
Hassy Fashina-Bombata, took the gold in the Senior Girls 100 metre race, and Madison Paugh won the Grade 8 girls triple jump.
Both athletes go to Wellington Secondary School and are members of the Nanaimo Track and Field Club.
Club President Tyler Heisterman says Fashina-Bombata is off to UBC next year and has a very bright future.
"To win the high school girls 100 metres it's a big deal. To get your name on the list of athletes who have done that, it's unbelievable. It was a really tough, hard competition and she only won by a few hundredths of a second," said Heisterman.
There were also three silver medals for the Nanaimo club with Marina Anderson finishing second in the Senior Girls 1500 metre race walk, Steen Rasmussen the runner up in the Junior Boys pole vault, and Gage Zanette putting in a strong showing in the Grade 8 boys 3000 metre race.
Jessica Katzberg and Ethan Katzberg both earned bronze medals in the hammer throw, Olivia Lundman captured third place in the Junior Girls 1500 metre race walk and Hassy Fashina-Bombata took the bronze in the Senior Girls 200 metre race.
Dover Bay's Sash Barbour won a silver medal in the Boys Special Olympics 100 metre, and Alex Williams out of Ladysmith Secondary took the bronze in the Boys 200 metre special olympics race.
Overall Heisterman says the Nanaimo area had a strong showing at the BC championships.
"These athletes have all come through our elementary system," Heisterman said. "They were all introduced to track and field at school. Now they're all moving up in the ranks and representing their schools at the high school level and even moving on to BC teams, national teams, and scholarships to university."
A full listing of the weekend results is online at bctfa.ca.