For a 17-year-old taking part in his first Canada Summer Games, things couldn’t have gone much better for Moose Jaw’s Ryan Botterill. A fifth-place finish in the 100-metres. Second place in the 200-metres ‘B’ final.
And the piece de resistance — a bronze medal in the 4×100-metre relay on Thursday evening.
It was all the culmination of months of training and preparation, with the results almost as good as they could be.
“It was a fun experience and to win a medal was great,” Botterill said Friday while taking a break from packing for home in his Games dormitory. “Being 17 and being able to go back to another Games after this and already winning a medal and finishing in the top five, it just makes me want to work harder to finish better at the next one.”
The relay saw Saskatoon’s Austin Edwards run lead, Botterill second, Prince Albert’s Austin Strauss third and Saskatoon’s Kieran Johnston running anchor. They crossed the line in 41.42 behind Ontario’s 41.31 and Quebec’s 41.27.
“It was pretty clean the whole way and we ran a good time, so I was pretty happy with it,” Botterill said. “And it was pretty exciting to see us cross the line in third.”
Earlier Thursday, Botterill finished fifth in the 100m in a time of 10.80. He ran his final race on Friday afternoon in the 200 metres, crossing the line in 22.67 seconds in the ‘B’ final.
“That wasn’t what I wanted, but I wasn’t not happy with my results,” Botterill said. “Just to be there and run with those guys was enough for me.”
With his first Canada Games behind him, Botterill is now looking forward to a bit of rest and relaxation before kicking into gear for his first track and field season in USport with the University of Saskatchewan Huskies.
“I have about a month and a half off and then the season begins again for university, but I’m really just looking forward to this time off right now and rest and get my legs back,” he said.
The Canada Summer Games continue with the second week of competition beginning Monday. There will be plenty of local competitors in action, as Caronport’s Joshua Kropf competes in men’s cycling, Cadence Johns and Elyssa Tacchi in swimming and former Caronport Cougars standout Jess Zacharias in women’s volleyball.