Lengthy list of locals as Games gear up
Strathcona County will once again be punching above its weight when it comes to athletes competing in the Alberta Winter Games.
The Zone 5 team of Edmonton satellite communities is once again dominated by athletes and coaches from Sherwood Park and Ardrossan, dwarfing representation from the likes of St. Albert, Spruce Grove, Stony Plain and Fort Saskatchewan.
There will be more than 2,700 athletes, coaches and officials from across Alberta taking part in the Games, which see athletes aged 11 to 17 representing eight regional zones from across the province in 23 different sports.
One sport in particular which will see a ton of players with Park ties is hockey.
The Sherwood Park Bantam AAA Royals female hockey team, which has gone 18 1 2 this season, had 13 of its players make either the Zone 5 or 7 squads for the Games; Brooke Andruchow, Lyvia Butz, Eva Cross, Brooklyn Dorash, Baili Isley, Karli Kutschinski, Grace Mackenzie, Chase Melnyk, Rylee Mepham, Hilary Pearce, Drue Schnitzler, Haley Trudeau and Jaydan Walker.
When it comes to male hockey, a total of 15 players from Strathcona County will be lacing them up for Zone 5 or Edmonton Zone 6, a list that includes Jayden Deakin, Devon Boyle, Madox Fisher, Jake Smith, Jackson Bentham, Reid Regehr, Ashton Brown, Emmytt Yurkowski, Chase Campbell, Braeden Cootes, Owen Callicott, Justin Hiltz, Andrew Thompson, Hudson Landmark and Finn McGhie.
Sherwood Park’s Keira Wellner Bate will compete in artistic swimming. Photo supplied
## ## Another regime that saw Sherwood success was in wrestling, where the Strathcona Wrestling Club dominated at the qualifiers held at Millennium Place earning spots for Ally Dubeau, Stacy Middleton, Sloan Kaminsky, Emma McNaughton, Danica Schram, Dominic Dubeau, Cale Sundquist, Jackson Whitrow, Joah Lee, Lochlan Scott, Jacob Klassen and coach Evelyn Li.
Park participation in other sports is also high for the Zone 5 team, although the official list currently available doesn point out which are coaches and athletes and several sports are often tardy including their entries, so many more local names could be coming by Games time.
Local athletes and coach competing in volleyball include Andrew Baldt, Ronan Huth, Jack Jewel, Brady Jones, Jesse Karsten, Evan Labonne, Jeffrey Madro, Brett Mochulski, Matt Nielsen, Noah Steppan, Abagayle Guezen, and Allie Moore.
The list of Sherwood Park artistic swimmers for Zone 5 includes Rose Bayly, Kadence Blanchette, Nora Madley, Helena Mymko and Amanda Volk.
Cross country skiers listed include Kate Burkinshaw, Paul Burkinshaw, Judah Sutherland and Salem Sutherland.
Qualifying for male and female curling as coaches and athletes were Natalie Cholin, Alyssa Nedohin, Dave Nedohin, Heather Nedohin, Matthew Perozak, Allan Sawiak and Lucus Sawiak.
Masking up for fencing are Maggie Chen, Emerald Robinson and Erik Ross; while Ryan Mochulski and Keirra Rosser will compete in archery.
Rounding out the current list of Park competitors for Zone 5 are Katey Poole and Paige Sparrow for ringette, Jackson Havixbeck for speed skating, Emerson Hill for figure skating and Natasha Hui for biathlon.
Meanwhile, Ardrossan athletes and coaches listed to represent Zone 5 in sports other than hockey include Michael Gordulic (men volleyball), Serenity Lawrence (artistic swimming), Heidi Lindemann (women volleyball), Sophie Maloney (artistic gymnastics), Cara Olynyk (artistic swimming) and Riley Warwa (archery).
There are also a number of Park athletes and coaches listed for Edmonton Zone 6, largely due to club sports affiliations Amanda Ciezki (artistic swimming), Keira Wellner Bate (artistic swimming), Emma Yarmuch and Sarah Yarmuch (curling).
Park product Kaeli Wooodliffe will also represent Zone 7 in ringette.
As the Games gear up, excitement abounds from organizers and supporters alike.
the minister responsible for sport in Alberta, I am proud of our government commitment to sport development and support for young athletes across the province through events like the Alberta Winter Games, said Leela Sharon Aheer, Minister of Culture, Multiculturalism and Status of Women. has been planning and preparing for nearly two years and I know they will do an outstanding job as host. are excited to welcome these young athletes, coaches and their families to Airdrie and showcase our passion for sport and culture that we pride ourselves on.