2017 ASAA Cross Country Championships

October 22, 2017 by  
Filed under Provincial and Territorial News

Congratulations to ASAA Cross Country Champions!

1A – Breton, North Central
2A – Strathcona-Tweedsmuir, South Central
3A – Lethbridge Collegiate Institute, South
4A – William Aberhart, Calgary

1A Champions – Breton High School

2A Champions: Strathconca-Tweedsmuir

3A Champions: Lethbridge Collegiate

4A Champions: William Aberhart

William Aberhart HS



Junior Girls Intermediate Girls Senior  Girls
GOLD Chloe Palmer, McNally Paige Patterson, Archbishop O’Leary Kaitlin Swartyz, Lacombe
SILVER Jenna Skaug, William Aberhart Rosie Bouchard, Foothills Composite Emma Skaug, Willaim Aberhart
BRONZE Grace Moore, St Francis Olivia Cooper, Strathcona Emma Steele, Vimy Ridge



Junior Boys Intermediate Boys Senior  Boys
GOLD Bill Ondieki, Old Scona Academy Solen Wood, Chinook Maximus Thiessen, Dr E.P. Scarlett
SILVER Jared Hose, St Joseph Skyler York, Ross Sheppard Tyson Keddie, Old Scona Academy
BRONZE Mathias Gelber St Michael’s PC Rashid Hayato, Crsecent Heights Alex Royall, Spirngbank


ASAA 2017 Para-Athlete Cross Country

Nektarios D’AVOLA Jasper Place
David ALYSHO Father Lacombe
Dustin DEEP Assumption
Chandler STONE Memorial
Talor DUBE Memorial
Cass HUTCHISON Bonnyville
Sarah MUNCHRATH Beaumont

n October 15th, 2016, seven athletes took part in the para race in the ASAA Cross Country Provincial Championships. The ASAA is not only proud to offer para categories in two different provincial championships (Cross Country and Track and Field), but excited to see the popularity of the para events grow and allow more students to be included in high school sport. These opportunities would not be possible without the exceptional coaches who promote these programs within their schools and go out of their way to identify and encourage the students who are eligible to compete in these events.

The following story was copied from Facebook with permission from the original author, Stephen Robertson:

“31 years ago I was attending the Alberta Provincial Championships in Cross-country running. This was an amazing day today as my middle son, while struggling in the ASD realm, attended the same championships in the Paralympics T20 class, and took GOLD medal. Awesome. It turned out to be a sunny day with the snow capped mountains in the background of Cochrane Alberta where Tim took his first medal.

He was discovered in a unique way. Struggling with autism also combines anxiety disorders. One of Tim’s coping methods is to run home after school instead of taking the bus to ‘decompress’. When he gets home, he continues to run the dog to complete his 10,000 steps – also to appease his OCD Fitbit obsession.One of the teachers noticed this kid jogging his 5 km home daily and advised the Paralympic coach at Facey. Soon the coach phoned us parents and asked for Tim to attend as Bev Facey HS had another mission, to be one of the inaugural schools to submit a team in this event which no-one attended in 2015 – this year there was 8 registrants. Tim and several others from Facey all took home medals today – proud moments.

This is further unique because the Western Canadian Paralympic IOC rep was also scouting. They are observing for 2020. Apparently, several universities in Canada are investigating ways to create adaptive programs and scholarships to develop special needs students in both academics and athletics. This could be indicative of exciting times in the future for Canada and its autistic family.

In the meantime, congrats Tim and congrats to Bev Facey HS. Well done.”

Congratulations to all the students who competed in Cross Country Provincial Championships last weekend, especially those athletes who made history in the para event!

All results for the 2016 Cross Country Provincial Championships can be found here.

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