Peace Country athletes get home field advantage next week during the Alberta Summer Games.

Alberta’s best young athletes will be competing July 20-22 in 13 different sports in the City and County of Grande Prairie.
A few thousand athletes, coaches and officials will be welcomed to the community with the help of more than 1,000 volunteers in the coming days.
Ron Regnier, head coach of the Zone 8 (Peace Country) lacrosse team, believes one of their advantages over other zones is player familiarity.
Most of the Zone 8 players play together on the Grande Prairie Thrashers bantam lacrosse team. An additional four players from other areas of the province, who didn’t make their respective zone team, will join the team as affiliates during the Games.
“The kids are stoked and the exciting part for them is they’re going to get to experience it with their team because it’s a team where a lot of these kids have played together for years, so for them to get to compete at the Summer Games with players that they know, that they’ve played with, that we’ve had opportunities to work on plays and systems throughout the year… hopefully that gives us an advantage,” Regnier said.
Zones in larger centres are easily able to find lacrosse players, but that doesn’t necessarily mean the players will know each other, Regnier said.
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