It has been a disappointing time for many of the youngsters from Terrace who traveled south to compete in the BC Summer Games in Langley. The very first team sport played, Boys Basketball, saw a huge upset, which revealed an inability to compete at this level against the large urban populations. Not only does Terrace suffer from a lack of facilities but the population limits the draw to populate the teams.
The Boys Softball and Soccer teams were able to show off some great talent as they have both moved into robin robin elimination games. The Softball team was able to return the favour of a convincing victory when they put away two opponents by scores of 15 to 5 and another 19 to 3. The Girls Soccer and Boy’s Box Lacrosse however have only tallied one win each at the close of Saturday’s competition and the other team sport event, Girls softball failed to win a game suffering a royal whipping in one game 23 – 0. The individual athletics component of the games has also seen the results of the Terrace competitors failing to break above the top 10th position.
It is not just the Terrace teams but many of the wins show heavy lopsided victories. All of these players and competitors are very young adults with an average age of 14. They are learning what it takes and learning how to compete. As they move forward in their chosen sport they will take this experience in and build on it to prepare for the next games. Just being in a large urban center is enough to throw off the concentration, the focus, with some of the youngsters.
The teams and each player, along with the parents and coaches who take time out of their days deserve our recognition and support. A proper recreation center along with a fully coordinated, all encompassing sports education and training program in Terrace might help somewhat.
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