County resident Connor Kautz recognized for athletic achievements

During the April 16 regular meeting of council, Wheatland County presented Connor Kautz (15) with a recognition for his athletic achievements.

A motion was made by council, Feb. 20, that administration be directed to facilitate the recognition at a future council meeting. For this, a plaque was created.

Kautz, hailing from Lyalta, plays for the Wheatland Raiders U16AA hockey team, and is a member of Luge Canada.

He explained to county council he signed up for the RBC Youth Training Ground and was put through a series of tests and events to be ultimately selected to be a part of Luge Canada.

Out of a pool of 2,200 athletes, Kautz was selected to the Top 100 RBC Training Ground in October. After taking part in the National Final in December, Kautz was named one of 30 Future Olympians earlier this year. Future Olympians will receive access to top coaches, funding, and mentorship as they strive to turn their Olympic dreams into reality over the coming years.

“For luge, there was two of us (from Alberta) out of 2,200 (athletes) in all of Canada and then there was 30 who were selected for funding, and there was two of us selected for luge,” he said.

Kautz returned to Wheatland County to make his presentation to council and be recognized, following a training session in Whistler, B.C.

“We went to where the Vancouver Olympics were held for luge, and we just went down the track and got experience.,” he said. “I would hope to make the Olympics one day and then train and work hard for it.”

Council recessed briefly following Kautz’s presentation to award him the plaque before resuming their regular agenda.

In a statement, Wheatland County “extends its heartfelt congratulations and best wishes for his continued success. Kautz’s dedication and determination serve as a source of pride for the community, and residents eagerly await the opportunity to cheer him on as he strives for Olympic glory. Congratulations, Connor, on your remarkable achievements, and may your future endeavours be as bright as your talent and ambition.”

Kautz has also participated in badminton, track, and volleyball at Holy Cross Collegiate in Strathmore.

More information regarding the RBC Training Ground is available publicly online through their own website.

John Watson, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Strathmore Times