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Belize Wins Bronze at the American Slalom Karting Championship

Belizean athletes continue to make inroads in various sporting disciplines, most recently in slalom (slah-lum) carting. Under the Banner of the Belize Automobile Club, Belize picked up bronze at the American Slalom Karting Championship held in Panama this past Sunday. In the girls’ competition, fifteen-year-old Paige Dietrich picked up two medals: a gold in her group category and an award for special recognition for being the only female athlete who competed. It should be noted that she had a better time than most of the boys who participated. Speaking of the boys, Belize’s Michael Montoya finished in a time of 31.191 seconds. With that feat, the thirteen-year-old helped Belize secure a third place finish in the contest. Montoya and his teammate, fourteen-year-old Keaton Dietrich received the bronze medals. Other participating countries included host country, Panama, Mexico and Chile. Team Belize returns home on Friday. The team was supported by their parents, President of the Belize Automobile Club Victor Murga and team trainer, Kaio (pronounced like Cayo) Arruda.