Youth athletes across Chestermere are on their way to the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo to compete in the 2018 Alberta Winter Games Feb. 16-19.
“I think it’ll all around be cool,” said fifteen-year-old Makenna Summerfeldt, who is one of three local athletes competing on the Zone 2 Ringette team at the games.
“I’m excited for the gameplay and being with the team,” she said.
This is the first time that Summerfeldt, who has been playing for six years, has made it to the games. This was her second time trying out for them though.
“I was proud that I made it…and get to go to this opportunity,” she said.
Summerfeldt said that the Alberta Winter Games is easily the biggest tournament she’s ever been to through Ringette.
She said that her year of playing and competing at tournaments with a AA ringette team would be the next biggest experience she’s had as a ringette player.
What will make playing on the Zone 2 team at the games a fun experience for Summerfeldt is the chance to play with some of the girls she normally competes against during the Ringette season.
Eleven youth athletes from Chestermere are making the trek up to Fort McMurray to compete in the games.
The games are held once every two years and provide an opportunity for Alberta athletes aged 11-17 to compete in a large multi-sport event.
More than 20 different sports are represented at the games,
Since their inception in 1986, the games have motivated young Albertans to reach for a higher level of physical fitness through sport, to showcase the talents of Alberta’s up and coming athletes and provide host communities with a legacy of experienced volunteers and upgraded athletic facilities.
Competing from Chestermere are; Connor Bren, Tyson Endall, Kadence Istace, Madison Lang, Tarra Lee, Xander Lee, Keana Mckibbin, Emma Moore, Casey O’Brien, Makenna Smith, and Makenna Summerfeldt.