Skip to content

Coquitlam hammer thrower sets new Canada Games record as Tri-City athletes win 17 medals

Chanell Alexa Botsis went the distance in her second Canada Summer Games appearance, while Peter Huang makes a splash with region-high four individual swimming medals.

A new Canada Summer Games record was among the highlights of nearly three dozen Tri-Cities athletes that represented B.C. on the national stage this month.

Coquitlam's Chanell Alexa Botsis now has the longest hammer throw by a female competitor in the event's history after heaving the metal ball at a distance of 61.44 m and a gold medal.

The 24-year-old surpassed the previous record by 16 centimetres (61.28 m).

She recorded her personal best throw of 63.44 m earlier this year at the Canadian national championships as a member of the Kajaks Track and Field Club (Richmond, B.C.)

This was Botsis' second-ever Canada Summer Games after claiming silver five years ago, losing to Port Coquitlam's Kalia Butler at Winnipeg 2017.

Botsis was one of 17 total medals won by 20 Tri-Cities athletes, as individuals or on teams, for the rescheduled Canada Games. The COVID-19 pandemic pushed the event held every four years from 2021.

Coquitlam swimmer Peter Huang brought back four medals from the Niagara Falls pool, including two gold and two silver — the most individual hardware won by any athlete from the region.

History was also made in female box lacrosse as five local players helped Team B.C. earn a silver medal in the sport's debut at the Canada Games.

The province finished third overall with 128 medals —34 gold, 51 silver and 43 bronze — behind host Ontario (198) and Quebec (142).

The 17 medals won by Tri-Cities athletes for B.C. are as follows (in alphabetical order by podium finish):

Peter Huang, Coquitlam

  • Swimming
    • Gold = 200m freestyle
    • Gold = 4x100m freestyle relay
    • Silver = 200m butterfly
    • Silver = 4x200m freestyle relay

Gabriela Cross, Coquitlam

  • Wrestling
    • Gold = 60 kg individual
    • Gold = Team B.C. Female

Chanell Alexa Botsis, Coquitlam

  • Athletics
    • Gold = Hammer throw (61.44 m)
      • New Canada Games record

Victoria Coady, Coquitlam

  • Sailing
    • Gold = Single handed Laser Radial

Ethan Posthumus, Coquitlam

  • Golf
    • Gold = Team B.C. mixed

Box Lacrosse Male

  • Gold
    • Nathan Chalmers (Coquitlam)
    • Cole Kennett (Coquitlam)
    • Kalen Murray (Coquitlam)
    • Jordan Reed (Coquitlam)
    • Nolan Ross (Port Coquitlam)

Box Lacrosse Female

  • Silver
    • Alyssa Clark (Port Coquitlam)
    • Gillian Lapierre (Port Coquitlam)
    • Michela Paterson (Coquitlam)
    • Kiera Scott (Coquitlam)
    • Mariah Whitfield (Port Coquitlam)

Justin Jung, Coquitlam

  • Swimming
    • Silver = 4x100m mixed medley relay
    • Bronze = 200m breaststroke 

Connor Attridge, Coquitlam

  • Rowing
    • Silver = Eight with Coxswain

Emma Dong, Coquitlam

  • Tennis
    • Silver = Team B.C. mixed

Calib Gruninger, Port Coquitlam

  • Athletics
    • Silver = 4x100m relay

Jarrett Chong, Port Coquitlam

  • Athletics
    • Bronze = Javelin (62.97 m)