senior games: Trail athletes excel at Games

The B.C. Senior Games came to a close on Sunday in Burnaby.

The B.C. Senior Games came to a close on Sunday in Burnaby with the Zone 6 West Kootenay Boundary Team putting in a great effort despite its numbers.

Predictably a much smaller contingent of athletes attended the Burnaby Games than did the 2011 Senior Games held in Trail, Castlegar and Nelson, nevertheless the team won an impressive 64 medals in all, with 20 gold, 25 silver, and 19 bronze to finish eighth out of 13 zones.

The Zone 6 swim team led the way with 20 medals including four gold from Grand Forks swimmer Betty Brussel, while Nelson’s Marylee Banyard picked up three gold and a silver, and Rossland’s Barb Roberts a gold and silver medal.

Other Greater Trail results include Jim Harold of Trail winning gold in men’s 55+ horseshoes while Dorthy Harrold picked up bronze in the women’s. Trail’s Rino De Biasio added to his collection with a silver and bronze in the cycling time trials and road race respectively.

In golf, Cecil DuBois of Rossland captured silver in Men’s 65-69, while Fruitvale’s Alma McBlain took home bronze.

The Men’s 55+ hockey team captured the gold, as did Suzan Breedveld and Dorothy Telford in women’s doubles badminton. In men’s 55+ curling the team of Russ Beauchamp, Garry Beaudry, Harry Davidson and Don Bedard won silver, while the women’s team of Rose Beauchamp, Marnie Devlin, Rose Katnich, and Grace Terness took bronze. The Zone 6 slopitch team also won bronze in the men’s 60-64 class.

The Lower Mainland came first overall with 433 medals that included 220 gold, 121 silver, and 92 bronze, followed by Fraser Valley, 371, and Vancouver Island North, 209.