Hammer girl athlete of the year

B.C. Athletics honours Parkside secondary school teen thrower

Courtenay Neville-Rutherford

A year of personal bests, national competition and dreams of an Olympic future set a Peninsula athlete up for best in the province.

Sidney’s Courtenay Neville-Rutherford was named the B.C. Athletics Association’s top female athlete in her age group.

She learned first that she was a contender in the category.

“A week later I got a letter saying I was a recipient,” she said.

The Parkland student attributes the award to her success in the hammer throw, including a gold medal at provincials and a spot on the B.C. track and field team for the Legion Canadian Youth Championships in Ottawa.

She works with Pacific Athletics under coach Sheldon Gmitroski in Victoria.

“Athlete of the year is a big deal to me,” she said. “B.C. Athletics is the whole province and I’m only a midget.”

Neville-Rutherford turns 16 on Jan. 7 and will move up an age category to junior when the season starts in March.

The award, she figures, will push her harder in training.

“I want to try and get to Legions again this year.”

sports@peninsulanewsreview.com

Just Posted

Welcome to Victoria, where a street can have four names

From Oak Bay to View Royal, street names change as the roadways twist and turn

Pacific FC looks for first win of the fall season in Toronto Wednesday

The Island team is currently 0-2-0 this season

Garbage piles up at Mount Doug Park in Saanich

Local resident blames the design of the garbage bins

Central Saanich makes moves to alieviate business transit concerns

Councillor calls for enhanced service and long-term transit passes

Science expedition to Canada’s largest underwater volcano departs Vancouver Island

Crews prepared for a two-week research mission to the Explorer Seamount

VIDEO: Black bear caught climbing tree in Langford neighbourhood

Triangle Mountain residents on alert following bear sighting

Report of dead body in B.C. park actually headless sex doll

This discovery, made at Manning Park on July 10, led police to uncovering two other sex mannequins

Grand Forks fire chief found to have bullied, harassed volunteer firefighter: report

WorkSafeBC, third-party human resources investigation looking into allegations complete

Taekwondo instructor, 21, identified as B.C. bat rabies victim

Nick Major, 21, an instructor at Cascadia Martial Arts in Parksville

15-year-old with imitation gun caused ‘dynamic’ scene at Nanaimo mall

No one was harmed in Monday’s incident, say Nanaimo RCMP

RCMP investigating alleged ‘sexual misconduct’ by cyclist on BCIT campus

BCIT said they were reviewing video evidence of the incident

New home cost dips in B.C.’s large urban centres

Victoria, Kelowna, Vancouver prices decline from last year

Graphic suicide scene edited out of ‘13 Reasons Why’ finale

Suicide prevention groups support the decision

Nine kittens and cats rescued after being locked in bins in northern B.C.: SPCA

SPCA says cats were starving, and matted with feces and urine

Most Read