Shawnigan squash player successful
• Shawnigan Lake School’s Bransten Ming clinched the U-17 boys’ title in the Jesters junior squash tournament at Calgary. The prestigious tournament attracts top young players from across Canada.
Ming has been playing squash since he was seven years old. He started at the Pacific Athletic Club in San Francisco.
“My dad sort of forced me to start playing, but then I ended up really liking it,’’ said Ming. “My coach at Shawnigan, Mike, is awesome — one of the nicest and most calm coaches I’ve ever had. He is really good with fitness training and pushes us beyond what we think is our limit.’’
Mike Johnson always elicits the best in players with his dedication, perseverance and belief in their ability. His international level of coaching talent is a big reason for the success of the Shawnigan squash program.
Ming came to Shawnigan this year and is loving it. His well-deserved victory in the Jesters tournament served as great preparation for the Canadian Junior Open in Ontario.
• There’s a valley flavour to the Pat Sanders rink from the Juan de Fuca Curling Club that qualified for the Scotties B.C. Women’s Curling Championship.
Sarah Wark of Shawnigan Lake plays third for the Sanders team and Roselyn Craig is the coach.
The team earned its spot in the second of three women’s qualification events at the North Shore Winter Club. The Scotties takes place Jan. 14 to 20 at the Cloverdale Curling Club in Surrey.
• George Lukas won silver in senior men’s -66 kg, Kristal Lukas earned silver in U20 -70 kg and bronze in senior women’s -70 kg and Jonathan Lukas got bronze in U18 -55 kg at the Canada West Invitational judo competition in Burnaby.