Three Cochrane athletes and one other resident of the town are representing their hometown at the 2022 Canada Summer Games, which are being held this month in Niagara, Ont.
The local athletes include Simon Baker in baseball; Nicholas Hooper in wrestling, and Kaden Colling, who is competing in road cycling. The Team Alberta hometown list also includes Cochrane's Karen Dommett as "mission staff."
Bearspaw resident and Cochrane High School student Wyatt Viste is also competing at the games, as a member of Alberta's men's box lacrosse team.
Held every four years, the 2022 Canada Summer Games will feature more than 5,000 participants and 4,500 volunteers. The event will feature 18 sporting competitions at 19 different venues in the Niagara region. Many of the country's top teenaged and U20 athletes will compete.
"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.”
This year's games are taking course over two weeks, beginning Aug. 6 and running until Aug. 21. The multi-sport competition kicked off with an opening ceremony on Aug. 6.
The Cochrane Eagle will recap how the local participants fared in future print editions and online at CochraneToday.com.