Gibson grabs Team BC swimming spot

Jessie Gibson will compete in Wood Buffalo, AB as part of a 32 member Team BC crew announced Tuesday.

Chilliwack’s Jessie Gibson will head to Alberta in August for the 2015 Western Canada Summer Games.

SwimBC announced a 32 athlete roster for Team BC Tuesday, with Gibson the lone local on the list.

The Games run Aug. 6 to 15, with Gibson part of a 12-member girls’ team that includes athletes from Victoria (three), Comox (two), Kamloops, Prince George, Langley, Richmond, Campbell River and North Vancouver.

Team BC has a 12-member boys’ team, four-member para-swimming group and four-member Special Olympics crew.

“The selection committee used criteria to choose a team that has strength and depth, and we were pleased that almost all of the swimmers nominated were able and willing to compete at this event for Team BC,” said SwimBC’s Mike Flegel.  “The swimmers represent almost every region from across BC, and should be one of the strongest teams we’ve ever fielded at this competition.”

The Western Canada Summer Games are held every four years and bring together over 2500 athletes from the four western provinces and three northern territories to compete in 18 sports.

These games will take place in the regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo, Alberta.

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