From left: Dyson Leneve, Hayden Nicholson and Colby Couturier will represent Quesnel at the 2018 B.C. Summer Games on July 19-22. Ronan O’Doherty photo

Three box lacrosse players represent Quesnel at B.C. Summer Games

Leneve, Couturier and Nicholson look forward to step up in competition

Three young box lacrosse players from Quesnel will be making the trip to Cowichan next month to compete in the B.C. Summer Games.

Dyson Leneve and Colby Couturier, who are both 16, and Hayden Nicholson, 14, are all excited to test out their skills against some of the top athletes in the province.

The Observer caught up with them at the Quesnel Lacrosse Association’s year-end awards and pizza party at West Fraser Centre.

For Couturier and Leneve, this will be their second B.C. Summer Games, although last time they were competing in field lacrosse.

Leneve has also gone to the provincial championships for hockey and to rodeo finals, so he says he will be ready for the spotlight.

“It’s just the speed of the game,” he says, when asked to describe what he can expect from the tournament.

“It’s a lot faster when you go down south.”

He says the team they will be playing on, which includes members from Prince George and Williams Lake, will have one strong advantage, however.

“The physical part of our game will be harder on those southern teams because they’re more about the speed than the body contact,” he says.

Couturier is looking forward to hanging out with the fellas on the road trip, but is intent on improving his skill set too.

“We’re playing against the best guys in the province, so it’s going to be serious,” he says.

“Hopefully I learn a lot because I’ve been playing against these yahoos over there,” he says, gesturing toward his peers, who are eating pizza behind him.

Nicholson is eager to challenge himself against new competition.

“From what I’ve heard, they practise half the year, while here it’s two or three months,” he says.

He has not had the opportunity to play with all his team mates, as they have only had two tryouts and no practices to date, but all the guys know each other from local tournaments over the years.

“I’m looking forward to going out there with new players and seeing if their skill helps me improve.”



sports@quesnelobserver.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Bill passes to make Sept. 30 National Day for Truth and Reconciliation statutory holiday

Residential school survivor Phyllis Webstad and CRD Area F director Joan Sorley were in Ottawa for the vote

Quesnel’s new Forestry Initiatives Program up and running

Construction has also begun on the Forestry Innovation Centre at City Hall

Upcoming workshop will share social media strategy with local farmers

Do farmers really need social media? Can it really help them? These… Continue reading

Quesnel under air quality and dust advisory Wednesday

Ministry of Environment air quality meteorologist Ralph Adams says this is an unusual situation

North Cariboo Metis Association stands behind Wet’suwet’en Nation

Editor, The North Cariboo Metis Association would like to voice our solidarity… Continue reading

VIDEO: Can you believe it? This B.C. hill pulls cars backwards up a slope

Sir Isaac Newton had clearly never been to this Vernon anomaly when he discovered gravity

Canucks hang on for 7-4 win over Senators

Horvat nets 2 for Vancouver

European, Canadian regulators to do own review of Boeing jet

Air Canada plans to remove the Boeing 737 Max from its schedule at least through July 1

Prime minister defends Liberal budget measures as sales effort gets underway

Conservatives under Andrew Scheer say it’s a spree funded by borrowing against the future

Mayor meets with B.C. health minister on homeless taxi transfers

Two homeless people were discharged from Surrey Memorial and sent to a Chilliwack shelter

B.C. lottery winner being sued by co-workers

They claim he owes them $200,000 each, in a lawsuit filed in B.C. Supreme Court in Vancouver

Teacher reprimanded for conduct towards special needs student

Alan Stephen Berry told vice principal he did not have time to use positive strategies

‘Full worm super moon’ to illuminate B.C. skies on first day of spring

Spring has sprung, a moon named in honour of thawing soil marks final super moon until 2020

Having phone within sight while driving does not violate law: B.C. judge

The mere presence of a cell phone within sight of a driver is not enough for a conviction, judge says

Most Read