qathet elementary schools hold running events
“It just matters that they are there and participating, having fun and moving their bodies in a healthy way, because that will in turn develop healthy lifestyles.” ~Dean Thorsell
School District 47 students turned out in droves to participate in two qathet-area running events in October.
Dean Thorsell, one of the cross-country meet coordinators, said the first was at Kelly Creek Community School after school on Oct. 13 and the second was at Henderson Elementary School at 13. a.m. Oct. 27. More than 260 participants in grades two through seven ran in the pouring rain in Henderson.
“We have a few more runners during the school day,” Thorsell said. “We had great numbers at Henderson, especially in the second and third year races.”
In all, four cross country meets are held during the year, with two more scheduled for April at Edgehill and James Thomson Elementary School.
Thorsell said that in addition to schools in School District 47, students from Assumption School, Powell River Christian School and Côte du Soleil School are also invited.
“It’s about the children; it’s about getting them out there and having the most participation,” Thorsell said. “What we’re looking for is for the students to be healthy, doing something good for their bodies, and participating in some kind of sporting activity that maybe they can do for the rest of their lives.”
Students, depending on their grades, take different courses. For younger students, in grades 2 to 5, the race is usually around 800 meters, while for older students, in grades 6 and 7, it’s more like 1,600 meters.
“Those are great lengths for racing,” Thorsell said. “It’s a great race for the students and the kids get wiped out at the end.”
Thorsell said cross-country competitions attract students of all skill levels. The goal is to get as many students as possible active, he added.
“It doesn’t matter if they’re the star athlete,” Thorsell said. “It just matters that they are there and participating, having fun and moving their bodies in a healthy way, because that will in turn develop healthy lifestyles. The more opportunities they have to participate in something like this, the more they are likely to participate in adulthood.
“If we’re able to offer a wide variety of sporting activities, students can participate and know it’s an option for them. Getting out and being active is part of it.
Thorsell said coordinating cross-country meets requires a lot of help, with a number of school district employees showing up to help.
“It’s definitely a team effort, with multiple teachers coming together,” Thorsell said.
He said the events even attracted retired teachers, with Gerry Aasen and Dave McMaster, who were usually at the race finish lines for many years, stepping out to reprise their roles.
“Teachers and principals come out to cheer on their students,” Thorsell said. “They motivate the students to get out and they are also familiar faces when the students are around. It’s also great to have parents who encourage them, from the first person to the last. Everyone gets a ribbon and it’s great that all the children are congratulated.
Here are the results from Henderson’s cross-country competition. The students came from the following schools: Henderson Elementary (H), James Thomson (JT), Ecole Côte du Soleil (ECS), Assumption Catholic School (ACS), Westview Elementary (WV), Kelly Creek Community School (KC), Edgehill Elementary (EH) and Powell River Christian School (PRCS).
2nd and 3rd grade girls: first, Anna Goebel H; second, Davida Hughes-Adam JT; third, Hazel Barfoot JT.
2nd and 3rd grade boys: first, Ted Barfoot JT; second, Micah Culos WV; third, Nelson Bratseth ECS.
Grade 4 girls: first, Cora Parsons EH; second, Genevieve Hill JT; third, Molly Culos WV.
Grade 4 boys: first, Kohen Louie KC; second, Ewan Naylor KC; third, Luke Gerhart ACS.
Grade 5 girls: first, Sophie Green KC; second, Dru Boyd H; third, Audrey Pike KC.
Grade 5 boys: first, Owen Van Egteren KC; second, Charlie Winchell WV; thirdly, Brayden Messner H.
Grade 6 girls: first, Tilly Cocksedge-Hamilton JT; second, Dana Brown H; third, Willa Venselaar ECS.
Grade 6 boys: first, Tiernan Vasseur WV; second, Alex Dowding WV; thirdly, Robert O,hea KC.
Grade 7 girls: first, Téa Nordman H; second, Lindsay Sloan WV; third, Olivia Buckwheat WV.
Grade 7 boys: first, Rupert Thoms JT, second, Gino Russo KC; third, John Carlson JT.
Here are the results of the Kelly Creek cross-country meet:
2nd and 3rd grade girls: first, Anna Goebel H; second, Sydney Koslovski ACS; third, Scarlett Venselaar ECS.
Grade 2 and 3 boys: first, Nelson Bratseth ECS; second, Micah Culos WV; third, Ted Barfoot JT.
Grade 4 girls: first, Cora Parsons EH; second, Molly Culos WV; third, Ayla Ciarnello KC.
Grade 4 boys: first, Alex Devlin WV; second, Rohan Botha PRCS; third, Brayden Boettger PRCS.
Grade 5 girls: first, Sophie Green KC; second, Dru Boyd H; third, Briley Shaw KC.
Grade 5 boys: first, Calyx Kerohan ACS; second, Abraham Kachaluba JT; third, Tye Doxie WV.
Grade 6 girls: first, Tilly Cocksedge-Hamilton JT; second, Willa Venselaar ECS; third, Izzy Coatta PRCS.
Grade 6 boys: first, Tiernan Vasseur WV; second, Robert O’hea KC; thirdly, Mac Gerhart ACS.
Grade 7 girls: first, Téa Nordman H; second, Zoe Mol ACS; third, Sierra Keller H.
Grade 7 boys: first, Gabriel Mussellam ACS, second, Gino Russo KC; third, Damien Trowsdale EH.