Tri-City athletes were in the medal rounds, bringing home gold in curling and silver in ringette during the BC Winter Games Feb. 25 to 28 in Penticton.
The games featured 17 sports and showcased the skills of more than 1,300 young B.C. athletes who were vying for a record 533 medals.
Tri-City athletes were well represented in Fraser River Zone 4 teams, which also included competitors from other Lower Mainland communities.
• Taking home gold in men’s curling was a team made up of Matthew McCrady of Port Coquitlam, Zac Curtis of Coquitlam, Liam Purgavie of Surrey, Jacob Umbach of Coquitlam, Ken McCardle of Port Coquitlam and Chris Summers of Vancouver. Bronze in girls curling went to a team made up of Sarah McCrady of Port Coquitlam and players from Delta, Surrey and Abbotsford.
• A silver medal went to the Zone 4 Orange ringette team made up of Amy Byrne, Megan Parsons, Ashley Robb, Emily Church, Colin Rob, Ximena Turmel and Erin Mulligan of Coquitlam, Teagan Ewart, Kaitlin Allen, Julia Fung and Amy Duplantis of Port Coquitlam, and Joanna Brady, of Port Moody, with the remaining players from Burnaby and Surrey. The Zone 4B Green team, which included Tri-Cities athletes Kristen Bischoff, Kiara Cameron, Chloe deBeaupre, Hannah Deck, Sophia Guan and Amanda Weloy, finished sixth overall.
• Liam Espedido of Port Coquitlam placed 14th and 15th in the individual sprint midget boys cross-country races.
• In women’s and men’s gymnastics, Port Coquitlam’s TAG Sports was well represented, with four girls, two boys and three coaches between Zones 3 and 4. The Zone 4 Fraser Valley girls gymnastics team were champions while the boys won silver medals. JO8 girls’ AA champion Sydney Turner won five out of six possible medals and four were gold while Taya Clyne, recovering from a freshly sprained big toe, pushed through for a personal best all-around score and qualified for the finals in vault and floor, taking a silver and a fourth-place finish respectively. JO7 girls’ AA Bronze Hannah Buchman took gold in beam and silver in vault, plus team gold. In the same category, Isabella Acosta qualified for the bars finals and placed fourth. In boys’ Level 3, Zone 4, Rowan Brown captured gold on vault and high bar in the finals while Noah Lee won team silver as well as a bronze on vault, plus sixth on pommel horse and 5th all-around.
• Hana Stewart from Coquitlam, a student at Port Moody secondary school, won silver and bronze medals in archery.
• Port Coquitlam Lightning Speed Skating Club members captured 16 of 19 medals earned by Zone 4 skaters in Penticton: Sherilyn Chung, 13, earned four gold and one silver in the five individual events, plus gold in the U14 team relay. Samantha Spencer, 13, was right behind her, earning three silver and one bronze, and was also part of the gold-medal U14 relay, as was Noah Hyun, 12, who also earned an individual silver. Jessie Lee, 15, earned three silver medals and one bronze, and was part of a silver-medal U16 relay team.