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Brother and sister to represent George McDougall at provincials

By: Lucas Punkari

  |  Posted: Thursday, Jun 05, 2014 06:00 am

Gemma Sleik, left, and her brother Adam will represent George McDougall High School at the Alberta provincial high school track and field championships in Calgary on June 6 and 7.
Gemma Sleik, left, and her brother Adam will represent George McDougall High School at the Alberta provincial high school track and field championships in Calgary on June 6 and 7.
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For George McDougall High School students and siblings Gemma and Adam Sleik, their journeys to the 2014 Alberta High School Track and Field championships couldn’t have been more different.

While Adam, who is in Grade 10, is a member of the Airdrie Aces and is well used to the grind of track and field meets, his older sister and George McDougall Grade 12 student hadn’t competed for the Mustangs team until this year.

Despite coming from different backgrounds, the Sleiks will now represent their school at the provincial championships, which will take place at the Foothills Athletic Park in Calgary on June 6 and 7.

“I’ve had a lot of fun doing track and field this year for the first time, and to go to the provincials with my brother is a pretty fun feeling,” Sleik said.

“It’s pretty cool to have another family member coming along, especially since this will be my first time being at the provincial meet,” Adam said.

According to Mustangs track and field Coach Ryan Haggerty, it has been seven years since siblings have represented the school at the provincials, when Haggerty brothers Colin and Michael competed against Alberta’s best.

“Having seen my brothers compete at the event together, I think it’s a neat experience for Gemma and Adam to go to provincials this year,” Haggerty said. “They both know that they will have someone there that can support them, and they can help each other.”

Sleik will be competing in two senior girls long-distance events at the provincials, as she will be running in the 3,000-metre race on June 6 and the 1,500-metre race on June 7.

The Grade 12 student qualified for the provincials with a first-place finish in the 3,000-metre race and a runner-up result in the 1,500-metre race at the South Central Zone championships in Calgary on May 27.

“My right calf had really been bugging me after the 3,000-metre race at the zones, so I was worried that would affect me for the 1,500-metre race, but it ended up being all OK in the end,” Sleik said.

“My main goal at the provincials is just do my best,” she added.

“I would love to set a new personal best time in one of my two events, and to place in the top three would be awesome.”

Adam will be competing in the junior boys’ discus competition on June 6 at the provincials, which he qualified for following a first-place finish at the zone championships.

“My winning throw ended up being just over 39 metres, which was three metres farther than I threw at the RVSA meet a week earlier,” he said.

“I was pretty happy about doing that, and now I’m gunning to get to the 40-metre mark at the provincials.”

“It’s going to be a little bit of different atmosphere competing at the provincials, but I think I’ll be used to it since it will be similar to the meets that I go to when I compete with the Aces,” he added.

“My goal is to get in the top three in the final standings, as I think that would be something that would be great to achieve in my first time there.”


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