Five Langley athletes were part of Team BC which competed at the Canadian junior national racquetball championships in Kelowna April 20 to 23.

Quite the racquet: no nerves for young Langley players on big stage

Strong showing for Langley racquetball players at Canadian junior national championships

It was an impressive first showing for some young racquetball players who were making their first appearance on the national stage.

Eleven-year-old Riley Sommerville won the gold medal in the girls 12 and under division singles competition as well as teaming up with Kelowna’s Malaya Galigan to take silver in the 14 and under doubles division.

Sommerville was one of five Langley athletes competing at the 2016 Canadian junior national racquetball championships.

The multi-day event ran April 20 to 23 at the Global Fitness & Racquet Centre in Kelowna.

“It was a really big success and a good experience for the kids to go and see all the competitors from across Canada,” said Eric Urteaga, who coaches the kids along with Jason Scott.

“It was a great experience.”

Sommerville’s dual medals were among the handful won by Langley athletes at the competition.

Seven-year-old Mateo Urteaga won silver in the eight and under multibounce division while Iris Scott, 8, was third. Scott also received a gold medal as the highest placed girl in the division.

And Julian Urteaga, five, was third in the eight and under multibounce division.

Holt Scott, 6, also competed in the eight and under multibounce division.

The Langley athletes were part of Team B.C. for the event.

The five train out of Newlands Fitness Centre and the event wrapped up the racquetball season.

The season runs September to April and the club has 20 players, ranging in age from as young as five years old to age 16.

This is the third year the club has operated out of Newlands.

To learn more, email or visit the Langley Junior Racquetball Club Facebook page.


Just Posted

Giants draw first blood in WHL playoff series vs. Victoria

Home ice advantage non-existent for Royals against arch-rival Vancouver

VIDEO: Fire shuts down 232 Street in Langley

Traffic being re-routed following Langley structure fire

No red flags in expense audit, says former Fraser Health boss who fired Murray

Wynne Powell said report showed need for tighter rules, but didn’t suggest abuse of expense claims

Eagles ride hot goaltending, soar to Cup

Langley Eagles use shootout to win final two games, capture Langley bantam Cup

Doggers take down top two teams, capture peewee Langley Cup

Langley peewee hockey team had just one loss since middle of January

Vancouver Aquarium’s resident octopus released into ocean

Staff let the Giant Pacific octopus go into the waters near Bowen Island so she can reproduce

Canucks sing the Blues as they fall to St. Louis 4-1

Berglund nets two, including the game-winner, to lift St. Louis over Vancouver

Calving season brings hope for Cariboo ranchers

Still a lot of work ahead to recover from the wildfires

Canada’s Kaetlyn Osmond wins figure skating world title

The 22-year-old fwon the women’s singles crown with her Black Swan routine

Langley pool renovations completed

W.C. Blair Recreation Centre reopens on Sunday, March 25, 6:30 a.m.

B.C. pooches celebrate National Puppy Day

Check out some of the submissions from around B.C. for National Puppy Day 2018

Alberta tells B.C. to stop opposing pipelines if it doesn’t like gas prices

John Horgan said he would like to see the federal government step in to deal with high gas prices.

B.C. mother hit in truck rampage dies

Family confirms mother of four Kelly Sandoval dies almost two months after being hit.

B.C. officials failed to tell Kiwis Fraser Health CEO had been fired in 2014

New Zealand spending scandal exposes Dr. Nigel Murray 2014 exit from B.C. job

Most Read