The Wyoming Wranglers Bantam Girls are gearing up to participate in the Ontario Summer Games.
The team won a spot into the prestigious event by winning a tournament in Innerkip. The team was undefeated in the event.
The Ontario Summer Games began in 1970 as a showcase for amateur sport. They have now become Ontario’s largest multi-sport event, including both team and individual sports. Provincial level athletes qualify through a selection process conducted by provincial sport organizations.
“This is a very big ta-do for the team,” says Carolyn Jackson whose daughter plays on the team.
The Bantams are guaranteed two games during the August event and Jackson says they’re getting very excited about the prospect of competing on the provincial stage.
The event, like the Olympics, features an opening ceremony and the athletes stay at the University of Windsor. “They’re raising money to stay at the university and they’re hoping to get matching team attire that they can wear to the opening ceremonies.”
Jackson believes the girls have a good shot in the provincial games. The Wranglers at press time had a record of nine wins and one loss – five of those wins the game was called on the mercy rule.
The Ontario Summer Games are Aug. 7 to 10. The team is holding a fundraising barbecue at Saturda from 10-3 at Wyoming Foodland to raise funds to cover the costs of going to the Summer Games.