Hansma jumps for Legion silver

Trinity Hansma of Armstrong won a silver medal Saturday at the Legion National Youth Championships i

Trinity Hansma of Armstrong won a silver medal Saturday at the Legion National Youth (16-17 years) Track &Field Championships in Brandon.

The 16-year-old jumped a personal best of 1.72 metres. The gold medal went to Alexa Porpaczy of Semiahmoo Secondary in White Rock at 1.75m.

Hansma, a Pleasant Valley Secondary School student, recorded a 1.70 at the recent Canada Summer Games in Winnipeg. She actually tied for the bronze-medal but took fourth due to some earlier misses at that level.

She was sixth in high jump in the U20 division at the Canadian championships in Ottawa earlier this summer at 1.65m. Hansma is the Okanagan Valley record holder for both junior and senior high jump.

Meanwhile, the Vernon Triple Throws Challenge goes Saturday at the Greater Vernon Athletics Park.

“We have 29 athletes between the ages of 11 and 90 with 57 entries all together now finalized in three throws (discus, javelin and hammer),” said meet director Cory Holly. “Ladies first and all throwers proceed from youngest to oldest. All competitors throw against their own age group for medals. This meet is sanctioned by BC Athletics. All throws and any records will be officially recognized and submitted to BC Athletics.”

A team meeting, introductions and opening remarks go at 3 p.m. at the tent close to the hammer circle (open to athletes, spectators and family).

The discus throw starts at 4 p.m. followed by the javelin at 5 and the hammer at 6. Each thrower will be given six attempts and will be age-graded and scored according to BC Athletics standards. Gold, silver and bronze medals will be awarded.

Age divisions are: Junior Development (9-13); Midget (14/15); Youth (16/17); Junior (18/19); Senior (20-34) ; Masters (age graded from 35 up into five-year categories).

Holly, 59, is a grandmaster natural bodybuilding champion and competitive masters hammer thrower. He heads the Cory Holly Institute. His wife, Tracy Holly, is the assistant meet director. Assistant coaches are Hedley Larsen and Attila Torok. Meet officials are Jerry Reitman and Wayne and Cheryl Elke.

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