The Zone 6 West Kootenay-Boundary Senior Games team had an exceptional showing at the B.C. Senior Games in Kamloops last week.
With close to 180 athletes, the team managed 113 medals including 50 gold, 40 silver, and 23 bronze good for eighth place out of 13 Zones.
One of the highlights was a dramatic gold medal win in 55-59 ice hockey final. The Zone 6 Kootenay Glacier Kings scored in the last minute of the third period to break a 3-3 tie against the Zone 9 North Central Masters, and added an empty netter on its way to a 5-3 victory. Meanwhile the 60-64 Kootenay team managed a bronze medal with a 6-1 victory over Zone 8 Salmon Arm Cavaliers.
More than 3,500 seniors competed in 26 events, making it one of the most well-attended Senior Games ever.
The Fraser Valley (Zone 3) athletes took home the largest medal haul, 404, with 168 gold, 139 silver and 97 bronze. The Lower Mainland (Zone 4) and South Central (Zone 8) rounded out the top three.
Some individual medal results include Karen Lees of Trail, who cycled to three silver medals in competitive time trial, road race and hill climb, while Rino De Biasion claimed silver in men’s 75-79 cycling time trial and bronze in the hill climb.
Leslie Anderson of Rossland claimed gold in men’s 65-69 horseshoes, and Trail’s Jim and Dorothy Harold each captured silver in their respective horseshoe competitions.
Rusty Denny of Salmo bowled to bronze in 55-59 women’s individual ‘A’ division, and teamed up with Lee McNeil of Salmo and four Nelson bowlers to win silver in mixed, while Trail’s Ron Cameron placed second in men’s 75-79 tennis singles.
Alma McBlain of Fruitvale finished second in women’s 80+ golf.
In the team portion Doreen and Wilf Fahlman claimed gold in the 55+ cribbage pairs competition, while Laura Anderson of Trail and Montrose’s Jan Kissick team up to win gold in the women’s doubles pickleball. Cameron and Monique Pellerin also won silver in 70-74 mixed doubles, while the men’s and ladies 55+ teams each claimed bronze in curling. In pickleball, the duos of Wendy Wurflinger of Fruitvale and Mary Hamann of Trail and Diana Keraiff of Trail and Fruitvale’s Diana Avis took home bronze, women’s 2.75 doubles, and 3.25 doubles respectively. The Columbia Basin Trust 60-64 men’s slopitch team also won bronze.