Seven Airdrie athletes will be competing on the national stage this month at the 2022 Canada Summer Games.
The games are being held in Niagara, Ont. from Aug. 6 to 21. The multisport event, which happens every four years, will feature approximately 5,000 athletes/coaches and 4,500 volunteers. The competition includes 18 sports, held in 19 different venues in the Niagara region.
According to Team Alberta's roster, Airdrie athletes in action in Niagara include para-basketball player Saheed Alawiye, heptathlete Sienna MacDonald, basketball player Tana Layton, soccer players Nyema Ingleton and Mykena Walker, volleyball player Daisy Olsen, and triathlete Sophia Howell, who was also one of Team Alberta's banner carriers for the Aug. 6 opening ceremonies. There are 487 athletes on Team Alberta in total.
Howell was among Alberta's early medalists at this year's games, achieving the bronze in the women's triathlon on Aug. 8. She swam, ran, and cycled her way to a third-place finish, narrowly behind competitors from Manitoba and B.C.
"We couldn’t be more excited to start the 2022 Canada Summer Games tonight and welcome participants from every Canadian province and territory to Niagara," said Doug Hamilton, Board Chair of the Niagara 2022 Host Society, in a press release.
“After several years of planning and a pandemic that delayed us by a year, we are overjoyed to host a Games that will see the return to sport for so many of our youth, and help bring Canadians back together for what promises to be a spectacular celebration.”
The Airdrie City View will recap how the seven Airdrie participants fared in the next few print editions and online at AirdrieToday.com.