Sports Briefs: April 12

Brief sports stories from around the Prince Rupert region.

Rupertite swims at Canadian Swimming Trials

Avery Movold, a former Rupert-based swimmer who still holds records here, swam to a good finish at the Canadian Swimming Trials in Victoria last week. Movold swam in the same pool as 16-year-old Canadian Olympic sensation Penny Oleksiak, who became the first Canadian to win four medals at a Summer Games.

Movold, now a member of the Prince George Barricuda Swim Club, had her best finish on Saturday evening in the Women’s 200 Metre Backstroke when she finished eight in the B final, with a time of 2:17.82.

The trials were used for swimmers to earn a spot on the Canadian team which will compete at the world championships in July. To qualify, swimmers must finish in the top two in the final, but it was still a great experience for Movold.


Curling for the Cup

A Prince Rupert curling rink attended the Kelly Cup tournament in Prince George recently and although they didn’t win, it was a fun experience.

The Travis Bernhardt rink consisting of Travis, Steve Eso (second), Bob Bernhardt (lead) and Paul Eisenhauer (third) made the trip with high hopes after winning the C event at the Marine Bonspiel in March and being runners-up for the A event at the Loggers Bonspiel in Terrace.

“We were slow adapting to the ice and lost our first two games to a couple of Prince George rinks,” Travis explained.

The pair of losses put the rink out of the Kelly Cup, but they were still alive in the bonspiel. They rebounded to win their third game, but ran into a former wheelchair world champion in Frank Labounty and lost a close fourth game. They rounded out the event with a loss to a Quesnel rink.

“It was a great experience, although we wished we had faired better,” Travis said.

The Kelly Cup was celebrating its 90th anniversary and 41 teams took part. A Terrace rink made it all the way to the A final, but fell to a former Kelly Cup champion, the Bill Lim rink.

A Smithers rink, led by Ron Vanderstar, rounded out the rinks from the northwest.