JUMP­ING FOR JOY

Kings, West Hants ath­letes com­pete at track and field

Valley Journal Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE - BY JEN­NIFER VARDY LIT­TLE KINGSCOUN­TYNEWS.CA jlit­tle@kingscoun­tynews.ca

For Chi­hami Kobayashi, the track and field dis­tricts were a whole new world.

Kobayashi, an in­ter­na­tional stu­dent at­tend­ing Cen­tral Kings, com­peted in the se­nior girls’ hur­dles, her first time do­ing the event, and was all smiles af­ter­ward.

“I’ve never done eight hur­dles be­fore – only three,” she said, pant­ing a lit­tle in the chilly tem­per­a­tures af­ter her com­pe­ti­tion.

Al­though she came in last, that wasn’t enough to wipe the smile off her face.

“I wasn’t good but it was so much fun!”

it was the first time a num­ber of young ath­letes com­peted at the event, which brought in com­peti­tors from across the An­napo­lis Val­ley to vie for a spot at re­gion­als next week.

Zachary James, who crossed the fin­ish line first for West Hants Mid­dle School in the ju­nior boys’ hur­dles, said it was a chal­leng­ing event.

“It felt like I was go­ing to fall at the end – I stum­bled a bit on the last hur­dle,” he said. “I had to switch my legs a bit at the end, too, be­cause I was tired.”

Bo Stokes­bury-Price’s main sport is swim­ming – he’s one of sev­eral Wolfville Tri­tons swim­mers who were re­cently named to Team Nova Sco­tia and will com­pete at the Canada Games in Win­nipeg this sum­mer – but track and field is a pas­sion as well.

“I do love this – I like the com­pe­ti­tion, and just be­ing with my school and com­pet­ing,” he said. “This is good cross-train­ing ex­pe­ri­ence for me as well, which is a great help with swim­ming.”

Kings County Academy’s Cameron Oickle, a Grade 8 stu­dent, leapt over the hur­dles with ease.

“I’ve never done this be­fore, but it’s so much fun,” he said. “My gym teacher told me I should try it. I en­joyed it, lots of my friends are here do­ing it too. I’d def­i­nitely rec­om­mend it to other kids, it’s lots of fun.”

JEN­NIFER VARDY LIT­TLE

Zachary James leaps over a hur­dle for West Hants Mid­dle School in the ju­nior boys’ cat­e­gory dur­ing the first day of com­pe­ti­tion in the dis­trict track and field meet held at Aca­dia May 16 and 17. See more cov­er­age on page 12.

JEN­NIFER VARDY LIT­TLE

Com­pet­ing in the se­nior girls’ hur­dles were, from left, Chi­hami Kobayashi, Cen­tral Kings; Ju­lia Sch­midtt from King’s-Edge­hill School; Brit­tney MarkeyPeach from West Kings; and Danielle Hay­den from Cen­tral Kings.

JEN­NIFER VARDY LIT­TLE

Macy Chiasson with Cold­brook School com­petes in the high jump.

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