2018-19 Westoba Wheat Kings Reporters Announced!
Westoba Credit Union (WCU), in association with the Brandon Wheat Kings is pleased to announce the winners of the 2018-2019 Westoba Wheat Kings Jr. Reporters Contest.
Joining the list of media personalities currently covering the Western Hockey League club will be eight year old Anika Van Vuuren from Brandon, Manitoba and nine year old Gracen Verhaeghe from Brandon, Manitoba. Both are warmed up and ready to hit the locker-room as this season’s Westoba Wheat Kings Jr. Reporters!
The contest, which ran September 7th to October 5th, asked Manitoba hockey fans between the ages of five to 12, to showcase their interviewing skills and show us why they should be our next Westoba Wheat Kings Jr. Reporter. The contest drew interest from kids all over the province and resulted in 12 awesome entries, which can be watched on the Westoba Credit Union YouTube page.
“This is our fourth year for the Westoba Wheat Kings Jr. Reporters contest and the pickup from Brandon and surrounding communities was outstanding,” says Jim Rediger, Chief Executive Officer of WCU. “The goal of the contest was to give the kids an opportunity to get involved, be creative and talk about something their passionate about. Watching these young fans’ videos, you can really see that come through.”
“We knew going into this contest, there were many talented, young candidates across western Manitoba,” says Wheat Kings’ Director of Business Operations and Sponsorship Rick Dillabough. “By the looks of the audition tapes submitted, we have an excellent crop of up and coming hockey reporters in this area. Choosing two from the long list of entries proved extremely challenging.”
Next steps for Van Vuuren and Verhaeghe are to hit the bench with the Brandon Wheat Kings! The Westoba Wheat Kings Jr. Reporters will have two opportunities to interview players and put them on the spot with their burning hard-hitting questions.
The Westoba Wheat Kings Jr. Reporters will make their 2018-2019 season debuts near the end of 2018. All interviews will be featured on WCU YouTube channel and on the Video Scoreboard at a number of Brandon home games in 2018-19, as well as all over social media!