By Jasmine Franklin
A talented group of seven youth went to the Alberta Winter Games 2010 Feb. 4 to 7 and two of those brought Ponoka a gold and silver medal.
Kelsey Raab, won a gold medal in her age category for wrestling making her the best in Alberta for her group. Cole Hogarth won a silver medal in the category of Judo.
“I couldn’t even believe it,” Raab said. “I was hoping for it, but still, it took a few days to sink in.”
Raab described the environment as competitive and said winning this title has put a new perspective on wrestling for her.
Her next step is the Alberta Open March 6 and 7 to qualify for the national championships.
“It was quite competitive, we had a bit of a zone battle going on,” Hogarth laughed. “It was all about the competition and experience for me.”
Hogarth added that Judo is something he loves to do and plans on taking it with him as long as he can.
But those aren’t the only few in Ponoka who took their best game to the Lakeland competition. Alyssa Goodwin and Grace Stretch came in fourth place for their Red Deer hockey team, Colten and Josh Prediger came in fifth for male volleyball, and Hogarth’s younger brother, Bryce, came in fifth place for judo.