Lo­cal ath­lete qual­i­fies for Al­berta Sum­mer Games

The Drumheller Mail - - AROUND TOWN - Pa­trick Ko­lafa The Drumheller Mail

Drumheller is well rep­re­sented in the Al­berta Sum­mer Games com­ing up this week in Le­duc.

Pay­ton Zacharuk, 16, is com­pet­ing in the track and field throw­ing events. She com­peted last year in the dis­cus and shot­put. This year she qual­i­fied for all four throw­ing events, in­clud­ing the ham­mer throw and javelin.

“She is the only one in the zone to qual­ify for all four events,” said mother Elizabeth Zacharuk.

This was an ex­cep­tional feat, con­sid­er­ing that at last year’s event she tore her ACL and MCL and was not able to take on her usual five days a week train­ing regime.

Pay­ton has been hav­ing a strong sea­son. Last week­end she com­peted at the Mid­get, Youth and Masters Pro­vin­cial Cham­pi­onships in Sher­wood Park where she won bronze in the ham­mer throw. The week­end be­fore, she went to the Ju­nior Provin­cials in Cal­gary, where she went up an age group to the ju­nior level and won bronze. Her mother Elizabeth com­peted at the mas­ter and won four medals.

This will be Pay­ton’s last Al­berta Sum­mer Games, but it is surely not the end of her track and field ca­reer. It was just an­nounced that she made the Al­berta team for the Western Cana­dian Tri-Prov Cham­pi­onships. This event brings to­gether the top ath­letes from Al­berta, Saskatchewan and Man­i­toba. This year the event is in Regina.

The Al­berta Sum­mer Games are from July 14-17 and fea­tures more than 3,000 ath­letes of ages rang­ing from 11-17 com­pet­ing in 14 dif­fer­ent sports.

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