Geared up for Games

Grace Blaskovits, a beach volleyball player, and other members of Team Kelowna show off the uniforms they’ll be wearing at this summer’s International Children’s Games in Russia.

Fifteen young athletes from Kelowna are going to this summer’s International Children’s Games in Ufa, Russia.

More than 1,500 youngsters from around the world will be in the city July 9-14.

Athletes from Kelowna will participate in track and field, beach volleyball and soccer.

The competitors were presented with their team uniforms Thursday at a ceremony in Stuart Park. Thirteen-year-old Grace Blaskovits, a top beach volleyball player, says she’s excited to attend the Games in Russia.

“I’ve never been outside of North America before,” said Grace, a student at Const. Neil Bruce Middle School.

Like all the other students, Grace had to do some fundraising to help pay the cost of the trip, as the group gets an ongoing city grant of $7,000.

An offshoot of the Olympic Games, the International Children’s Games were first held in 1968. The winter version of the Games was held in Kelowna in 2011, and since then teams from Kelowna have participated in every competition.

Ufa is a city of one million in the Russian republic of Bashkortostan.

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