W.R. Bennett Award - 2012 BC Summer Games - Chanell Botsis

Chanell Botsis, 14, of Coquitlam took home more than three Gold medals from the Surrey 2012 BC Summer Games.  The athletics (track & field) competitor was also selected at the recipient of the W.R. Bennett Award for Athletic Excellence.

Botsis set a new BC Games record in javelin with her throw of 43.06m, shattering the old record of 41.23m.  She also won gold in discus and hammer.

"When I competed and won medals in all of my events, I felt so proud and excited to be in front of the huge crowd with my coach, family and friends there for me."

The straight “A” student is a member of Richmond’s Kajaks Track and Field Club, and came to her first Games looking for a podium finish, but also looking to perform her personal best.  She credited her mom and coaches as the biggest influences in her life and her athletic success.

"I had an awesome experience at the BC Summer Games and I wish I could do it again!"