Pan Am locals

Michael Mason and Kai Langerfeld are in Toronto at games

A couple of Ballenas Secondary School alumni are in Toronto for the Pan Am Games, which kicked off this past weekend and will run through to July 26.

Michael Mason, from Nanoose Bay, and Kai Langerfeld, from Parksville, are both at the Pan Am Games in Toronto, looking to bring home a medal in their respective events.

Mason, 28 years old, will compete in the high jump event, taking place on July 25, looking to bring home another medal to add to his resume.

Mason is no stranger to the big stage as he’s represented Canada in the 2004 World Junior Championships, the 2008 Summer Olympics and the 2010 Commonwealth Games.

At the 2004 World Junior Championships, Mason jumped his way to a gold medal, becoming only the second Canadian to win a World Junior Championship gold medal (after Mark Boswell in 1996).

Langerfeld, who turned 28 on July 5,

will have a chance at a medal in two events as he and his team reached the finals in both the men’s coxless four and the men’s eight rowing events.

The men’s four final took place on Monday (results not available at press time) while the men’s eight final will take place on July 15.