Three athletes from the Kelowna Springboard Club will be representing the Thompson-Okanagan zone at the 2020 B.C. Winter Games in Fort St. John. (Twila Amato - Black Press Media)

Okanagan divers ready to take on 2020 B.C. Winter Games

The athletes have been training four days a week

The excitement was clear on the girls’ faces as they warmed up for their last training session at home.

Kelowna divers Nyah Hedstrom, Addison Anonby and Samantha Viger left on Wednesday afternoon with their coach Christina Unger to Fort St. John for the 2020 B.C. Winter Games.

Unger said the girls have worked hard to get to where they are. Besides training for three hours four days a week, she said her athletes had to beat other divers in a qualifying round in Langley last December to be able to go to the games.

“They competed for two days and that gave them a qualifying score. One of my athletes, she actually couldn’t go because she was still recovering from her surgery,” Unger said.

“But she had a high enough score in previous competitions and she had a good report, so they let her go with a wildcard spot.”

Nyah had only been diving for four months and she said it felt surreal to be involved in a big competition.

“It’s kinda weird… but I have all my dives though, so I’m pretty confident,” she said.

“I’m feeling a little bit nervous, of course, but I’m still feeling pretty confident. It’s also cool because I was born in Fort St. John and I get to visit it again, which is nice.”

Addison has participated in various local meets but up until now, the biggest one she went to was the Novice Nationals in Kamloops.

“I don’t expect to win, but it would be cool if we did. But it’s just really cool to be a part of such a giant sporting event,” she said.

Samantha said she felt nervous and excited all at once, and that her goal is to have fun.

Unger said they trained hard, but the goal is to have fun at the end of the day.

“My main goal is for them to have fun with the experience. I don’t really care about them winning; they’re going up really stiff competition. As long as they have fun, that’s what I want to see,” she said.

“For myself, it’s a good learning opportunity whenever I go to a competition and I see what the other coaches are doing.”

The games’ opening ceremonies will be on Thursday. The Kelowna Springboard Diving Club athletes will be in meets from Friday until Sunday.

READ MORE: Four Kelowna gymnasts qualify for 2020 B.C. Winter Games

READ MORE: Nine West Kelowna athletes to go to B.C. Winter Games


Twila Amato
Video journalist, Black Press Okanagan
Email me at twila.amato@blackpress.ca
Follow me on Twitter

BC Games

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Vernon women spending quarantine making masks

Group at Predator Ridge, and a colleague in Vernon, keeping busy making surgical masks for others

Second million-dollar lotto ticket sold in Vernon

Same thing happened on March 7; somebody won Guaranteed Match Number prize

Social media a blessing and a curse during time of crisis: B.C. communication expert

‘In moments of crisis, fear is very real and palpable,’ says SFU’s Peter Chow-White

WATCH: Coldstream producer treats neighbours to live music from safe distance

Neighbours practiced social distancing as Jeff Johnson played songs from his front steps

Sparkling Hill Resort donates produce to Vernon food bank, gloves to hospital

Operating manager says layoffs resulted in spare materials that are much needed amid COVID-19

No plans to call in military right now to enforce COVID-19 quarantine: Trudeau

Trudeau unveils $7.5M for Kids Help Phone, $9M for vulnerable seniors amid COVID-19

QUIZ: How much do you know about the Olympics?

Put your knowledge to the test with these 12 questions

B.C. announces $3M for food banks to increase capacity during COVID-19

It is not clear how much of the money will flow towards Greater Victoria food banks

B.C. is seeing the highest rate of COVID-19 recovery in Canada, and there’s a few reasons why

British Columbia was one of the first to see rise in COVID-19 cases, and has also switched up testing

World COVID-19 update: U.S. expects 100,000 deaths; Oregon declares disaster

Comprehensive update of world news for Sunday, March 19.

No hesitation; two bystanders assist in South Okanagan house fire rescue

“I’d do it for anybody,” says Penticton man after assisting in house fire rescue

Summerland churches go online during COVID-19 pandemic

Livestream services, online support provided to congregations and community

Fur Brigade Trail was transportation route in Okanagan Valley

Transportation corridor passed through Nicola Prairie, now Summerland

RCMP, firefighters rally in support for health care workers in Kelowna

Pandosy Street was packed with supporters Saturday night

Most Read