2022 Strathmore and area sports saw a lot of success all over the board! Whether it was team success reaching heights never reached before, or individuals of all ages competing on the big stage, there was no shortage of amazing stories to come out of this year. Here's 10 of the best sports stories of the year, listed in chronological order:
1. Strathmore dog trainer ranked among the world's best. March 15
Local dog trainer Jennifer Fraser and her dog Daiquiri competed in Crufts 2022 in Birmingham, England! Crufts is one of the biggest dog competitions in the world, and they impressed in their first freestyle showing with a second place finish!
2. The longest hockey game ever. March 31
40 players laced up on March 31 to break the Guinness Book of World Records for most consecutive hours playing hockey. The Hockey Marathon for the Kids achieved this goal, with a record breaking 261 hours played! Going up to April 11, these players never stopped playing, and their efforts raised $875,735 for the Alberta Children's Hospital.
3. Strathmore ringette players become National Champions. April 12
The U16 AA Zone 2 ringette team won on the biggest stage they could, as they went undefeated in the Nationals to win it all! The team of 15 included two players from Strathmore, being Karley Clark and Tessa Galandy. Standard also saw representation with Chloe Gregory and Addy Houghare. Galandy was the defensive player of the game, while Clark was selected by Ringette Canada as All-star defense.
4. Strathmore local heads to Brazil for world reining tournament. July 27
18-year-old Ali Chernoff brought Strathmore to the worldwide scene when she went to São Paulo for the World Youth Reining Cup! This was one of many accomplishments in Chernoff's young career. As she continues to pursue reining, she hopes to represent Strathmore at even more tournaments, and keep reining and horse riding as a huge part of her life.
5. Strathmore MMA fighter represents Canada on the world stage. August 2
20-year-old MMA fighter Gabe Durocher was training in Colombia when he was suddenly presented with the unique opportunity to represent all of Canada in the SBF tournament! In a Canada vs Colombia fight, Durocher came out on top by utilizing his well rounded skill set to counter the other fighter's boxing-heavy approach.
6. Volleyball World Championship National Team coached by SHS alumni. August 27
In perhaps the biggest stage Strathmore has seen, Strathmore High School alumni Ben Josephson was coaching the Canada Men's National Volleyball Team in the World Championships! This is the second biggest tournament in the world, only behind the Olympics. It's possible we'll see Josephson behind the bench again once the Summer Olympics start, keep an eye out for a familiar face!
7. Siksika Nation local brings home bronze medal from National Championship. August 29
Syrianna Running Rabbit from Siksika Nation made all of Alberta proud when she was part of a winning effort to bring home the bronze medal from the first ever Female Box Lacrosse event in the Canada Summer Games! As part of Team Alberta's U17 team, Running Rabbit had to compete with more than 100 other girls to earn her spot on the incredibly talented roster.
8. 4 Strathmore locals bring home medals at the Canada 55+ Games. September 5.
Steve Wiewel, Marianne Pinchbeck, Joss Binns, and Karen Binns all won medals at the Canada 55+ Games! Wiewel earned four swimming medals, Pinchbeck earned a silver for golf, Joss Binns earned a gold medal in golf, and Karen Binns won a silver medal in lawn bowling.
9. Langdon local gets signed to a WHL team. September 16
15 year old Langdonite Kyle McDonough signed with the Portland Winterhawks! While he has to be 16 to join the team, the fact he was signed so early shows how much the team believes in his ability. For now, he's skating with the Okotoks Oilers, but can be called up by the Winterhawks for 5 games if needed.
10. Strathmore Reds' slugger joins Team Alberta, October 8
Aubrey Stender of the Strathmore Reds U15AA team joined Team Alberta's U16 team! The big hitter had plenty of success with the Reds and later the zone 2 team, and his talents and home run success earned him a spot on Team Alberta.
11. 11-year-old rodeo star heads to Vegas for a world championship. November 3
11-year-old Bristie Kugler went to the Tuffest Jr. World Championship Rodeo in Vegas! She participated in barrel racing and goat tying. She was one of 840 contestants selected from 4 provinces and 28 US states. She hopes this is just one of many accomplishments on her way to an NFR appearance later on!
12. Strathmore Spartans make school history. November 28
The Strathmore High School Spartans Football Team made history when they became the Southern Alberta Champions! Their win over the Ecole H.J Cody High School punched their ticket to the provincial finals, which was the school's first ever provincial finals appearance.
While these were some of the big highlights of the year, it's just scratching the surface of all the wonderful things our athletes have been up to in 2022. If you or anyone you know is making Strathmore and area proud, be sure to reach out to us at email@example.com to share your experiences, we're always happy to speak with our local athletes who represent us so well!
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