Mei Pond of the Nanaimo Skating Club practises at Cliff McNabb Arena last month. Pond is one of 21 local athletes who qualified to compete at the B.C. Winter Games

Mei Pond of the Nanaimo Skating Club practises at Cliff McNabb Arena last month. Pond is one of 21 local athletes who qualified to compete at the B.C. Winter Games

Athletes get to go for Games gold

Youths from Nanaimo and Nanoose Bay qualified to participate in the B.C. Winter Games in Vernon this week.

Making it to the B.C. Winter Games is a significant achievement for 21 local youths. Now they have a chance to climb even higher – to the very top of the podium.

Athletes from Nanaimo and Nanoose Bay are in Vernon on Thursday (Feb. 23) for the start of the Games.

Local coaches, officials and chaperones are also helping out the Vancouver Island zone team.

Athletes who qualified to participate include:

Badminton – Rose Plensky, Pranay Ramash, Veronica Wong.

Curling – Dallyce Gillespie, Kalia Van Osch, Marika Van Osch.

Figure skating – Mei Pond.

Gymnastics – Elan Baildham-Troje, Avery Valerio, Drew Wagner, Adin Brenner.

Hockey – Chloe Cook, Dakota Green, Makayla Seltenrich.

Judo – Michael Soja, Jarrett Theberge, Cheyenne Fiandor, Seth Golobar, Jacob Kruger.

Karate – James Winter, Sage Thomas.