For the fifth-year Ashtyn McKenzie the journey to playing for the Trinity Western University?s womens volleyball team wasn?t an easy route. Her long-time dream often seemed out of reach, but that did not stop her.
As a senior in high school, Aaron Boettcher volunteered with his younger brother Andrew Boettcher and his Challenger baseball team. Aaron was placed with a young man who had a difficult time walking. “I remember watching (Aaron) take this man around the bases,” says Boettcher’s mom, Alison. “He held his arm and supported him and Aaron did not bat an eye.”
Bob and Bev Bygate can be found moving M&M's with only a straw or carrying balloons across the living room. Or, better yet, the couple flails limbs and exhibits elaborate facial expressions during a round of charades. This isn’t a new holiday tradition for Trinity Western Spartan alum Natalie Carkner and her family. Bob and Bev’s attendance isn’t either. The Bygates are no strangers to Trinity Western University students and alumni.
Just this past summer, amidst a week of 12-hour shifts as a nursing student at the hospital, fifth-year Trinity Western guard Jessie Brown found the time to fly to Japan to be with her team for a preseason trip, before returning to British Columbia only two days later. This is just kind of Brown’s life. The quick transitions from basketball to nursing and back again have become commonplace for the veteran athlete.
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TODAY: The Spartans play Montreal in the U SPORTS semifinals at 4 p.m. (PT) at UBC's Thunderbird Stadium.
After clinching first place in the BCIHL standings, and capping their best-ever regular season, the Spartans made quick work of their semifinal opponent Victoria, earning a familiar place in the championship series with a two-game sweep of the Vikes. Having lost in the finals in each of the past two years and in three of the last four seasons, the series victory was put Trinity Western’s hockey team one step closer to their ultimate history-making goal: winning a first-ever BCIHL title.
The 1000m was one of David Boyd's weaker events, but with 200m left, he was feeling quite comfortable in a neck-and-neck battle for first place between him and Lethbridge's Brayden Posyluzny. Boyd was relieved knowing that only one lap remained in the seventh and final event of the heptathlon. Having woken up from a quick replenishing nap just 30 minutes prior to the race, Boyd was exhausted.
It was senior athlete appreciation night on January 27th when the Kayla Gordon’s family walked into gym of the Langley Events Centre. It was the last regular season home game Gordon would play as a Spartan. As her friends and family approached the bleachers Kayla’s younger sister, Melissa, eyed an empty row that the whole group could fill. Gordon’s mom and dad, grandparents, sister, boyfriend, former coach and a few friends took their seats side-by-side. A warm smile came across the face of Gordon’s mom, Susanne as she looked down and saw her daughter on the court.