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Eight named to B.C. Games team

Burnaby Special Olympic athletes were named to the 276-strong B.C. team for the Canada Summer Games in July.
Artisia Wong
Burnaby's Artisia Wong, seen with ball, will represent B.C. in rhythmic gymnastics at the upcoming Special Olympics Canada Summer Games in Vancouver.

Burnaby placed eight athletes on Team B.C. for the Special Olympics Canada Summer Games in Vancouver next month.

Jenny Chang and Jennifer Wong will compete in 10- and five-pin bowling, respectively, while Heather Ma, Sammy Langthorne and Selena Lepper will take to the water in aquatics.

April Armstrong is the lone track and field athlete from Burnaby on the 276-member B.C. team. Artisia Wong and Christina Tomingas will both compete in rhythmic gymnastics.

Team B.C. will be sending its largest team ever to the Summer Games, which will be held in Vancouver from July 8 to 12.

Athletes will compete for gold, silver and bronze medals in 11 sports, including basketball, bocce, golf, powerlifting, soccer and softball.

The Special Olympics Summer Games are the first national games to be held in B.C. since 1990.

The Canada Games are a qualifier for the Special Olympics World Games, which will be held in Los Angeles in 2015.

“Team B.C. has a dedicated and talented group of athletes and coaches who have been working hard for three years to reach this level,” said Team B.C. chef de mission Shawn Fevens in a press release.