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Thirteen Calgarians to compete at the 2014 Commonwealth Games

Nathan Gafuik
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According to the Commonwealth Games Canada website, there will be 13 Calgarians who will participate at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland that began Wednesday. Calgarians will compete in the sports of swimming, field hockey, gymnastics, lawn bowling, athletics, triathlon, shooting and wrestling.

The most high profile athlete is gymnast Nathan Gafuik. At the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, Gafuik placed 17th in the individual men's all around and was a Canadian champion in 2012. At 29 years of age, Gafuik practices out of the University of Calgary Gymnastics Centre and is coached by Tony Smith.

The sport that is the most represented by Calgarians is swimming. There are five Calgary swimmers who will try to impress the Scottish spectators. The list includes freestyle swimmer Yuri Kisil, paraswimmer Morgan Bird, freestyle and individual medley swimmer Will Brothers from Canmore (an hour west of Calgary), backstroke swimmers Brooklynn Snodgrass and Russell Wood.

Calgary's lone track and field athlete at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow is 5000m runner Jessica O'Connell. At 25 years of age, O'Connell's greatest accomplishment to date was winning the 2010 NACAC U-23 championship.

Calgary's field hockey player is veteran Matthew Guest who will be counted on a lot during men's competition. Guest and Keegan Pereira of Toronto are expected to be the leaders on the Canadian team as they will try to build confidence in a tough field.

Calgary's shooter is Lynda Kiejko. A member of the Calgary Rifle and Pistol Club, Kiejko won a bronze medal with her sister Dorothy Ludwig at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi, India.

Calgary's triathlete is Ellen Pennock. At the 2013 ITU World Cup in Edmonton, Pennock delivered an impressive silver medal performance.

The wrestler from southern Alberta is Danielle Lappage who calls Olds, Alberta, an hour north of Calgary home. A junior world champion, Lappage has also won the Francophone Games and won a bronze medal at the World University Games. Finally, the lawn bowlers are Heather Hannett, who will compete in the blind competition with her guide Sue Acorn, also from Calgary.

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