NORTH Vancouver's Kris Young was recently named to Canada Basketball's Development Women's National Team that will represent the country at the 2013 FISU Summer Universiade running July 6-17 in Kazan, Russia.
The Handsworth grad was named the Canada West Most Valuable Player and also earned CIS All-Canadian status after a stellar third season with the University of British Columbia Thunderbirds. Young ended the season sixth in the Canada West league in scoring, sixth in assists, ninth in rebounding and seventh in steals.
The Universiade competition will open with Team Canada matching up against Japan on Monday, July 8. The championship match will be played July 15.
Two North Shore runners will also be joining Young in Russia. Distance runners Helen Crofts and Jessica Smith, recent Simon Fraser grads, will compete in the 800-m race for Team Canada. Both racers are coming off stellar careers with the Clan. North Vancouver's Smith raced in the 2012 Olympic Games, making the semifinal, while West Vancouver's Crofts won the track and field indoor and outdoor NCAA Div. 2 800-m titles in the 2012-13 season.
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West Vancouver's Myrtle Acton was named athlete of the month for May by the Canadian Masters Association after breaking four Canadian records in the 80-84 age category at the Centennial Track and Field Meet in Kamloops.
Acton, 80, set new records in the weight throw at 8.52 metres (old record 8.29), the discus at 17.70 m (old record 16.97 m), the shot put at 7.34 m (old record 7.22 m) and the hammer throw at 20.77 m (old record 19.67).
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