More inspiring performances from young athletes at the 2012 BC Winter Games

More inspiring performances from young athletes at the 2012 BC Winter Games

Author: BC Games Society/Saturday, February 25, 2012/Categories: 2012 News, 2012 BC Winter Games

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Vernon, BC -- A huge snowfall on Silver Star Mountain continued to factor in to BC Winter Games events there Saturday, but it didn't prevent the first medals being handed out in the sport of Ski-Cross which made its debut at the Greater Vernon 2012 BC Winter Games.

BC Games Alumna, Olympian, and World Champion Ski-Cross racer Kelsey Serwa, presented the first ever BC Games gold medal in the sport to Frances MacDonald, 13, of North Vancouver. Her time of 46.65 bested that of fellow Zone 5 Vancouver-Squamish skier Ella Renzoni, 12, of West Vancouver, who clocked in at 47.29.. Brooke Lukinuk of Kelowna won the bronze medal with her time of 48.80

Serwa, whose hometown is Kelowna, hung around Silver Star Mountain for most of the day in extreme winter conditions signing ski helmets and cheering on the alpine skiers.

Over at the Nor-Val Centre in Armstrong 13-year-old Connie Kapak, one of speed skating's brightest rising stars, set a new 400m. provincial record before a hometown crowd. She crossed the finish line in a time of 42.76, breaking the previous record of 43.43 in the Under 14 age class and winning a gold medal for her Zone 2 Thompson-Okanagan team. The Silver was won by Callie Swan of Prince George for Zone 8 Cariboo-North East in 42.83. Bronze went to Zone 3 Fraser Valley skater Dallas Hawkes of Chilliwack for her time of 43.16.
2012 BC Winter Games speed skating sport Chair Allen Gray said competition has been highly competitive with strong representation from all the provincial zones. "The BC Games gives them that extra level of motivation to shine," he said.
 
Competition was also fierce at the at Kalamalka Secondary in Coldstream which hosted Judo.  The spirit of the Games was exemplified by Zone 3 competitor Jeff Swadden, 12, from Abbotsford.  He dislocated his ankle three weeks ago but still competed and won Gold in the Under 81kg class.
 
Zone 8's Brandon Slooyer, 16, of Prince George won Gold in the Under 73 kg while Megan Hanks of Kamloops won Gold in the Over 70kg class.
 
Zone 7 North West is an example of the increased interest in Judo in the province.  At the last BC Winter Games in Terrace the zone sent only one competitor.  This year it sent four, including 13-year-old Simb-Iyez Wilson and 15-year-old brother Sa-Yez, as well as Sheldon Gagnon and Kalyn Bazil, all First Nations young people from Smithers.
 
Gymnastics competition resulted in several multi-medal performances.  Vancouver's Azumi Konaka, 10, was a big winner in the Level 3 women's All Around and Apparatus gymnastics final.  Competing for Zone 5 Vancouver- Squamish she also won gold in the Floor Exercises with a score of 12.750 and Silver on Beam with a score of 13.100. She was fourth on Bars with a score of 12.75 which left her just shy of the Bronze.  She also won a team Silver medal.
 
Abbotsford's Dawson Friesen, 12, won four gold medals in the floor, vault, horizontal bars and all around. He also won silver in rings and was a member of the gold medal winning Zone 3 Fraser Valley squad that won the men's MAG team event.
 
At Sovereign Lake Nordic Centre Cam Fitzmaurice, 13, from West Vancouver, and 14-year-old Annika Richardson of Vancouver took the wins in the Midget male and female categories adding to the medal total for Zone 5 Vancouver-Squamish.  Katie Weaver, 14, of North Vancouver, took the win in the Juvenile female, also for Zone 5. The Juvenile male win went to 14-year-old Rhys Evans of Revelstoke, Zone 2 Thompson-Okanagan.
Competition at the 2012 BC Winter Games concludes Sunday with many of the team competition medals being decided.  The Games will come to end with the  Closing Ceremony at Wesbild Centre where the special awards will be announced and the athletes will be sent back to their communities across the province. 
 
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Attached Photo:
Simb-Iyez Wilson, 13, of Smithers tackles an opponent in Judo competition.
Photo Credit:  Judy Mori
 
Media Contacts:
Jan Mansfield, BC Games News Service
604-719-3828, news@bcgames.org
 
Lia Threlfall, BC Games Society Communications Manager
250-812-3887, liat@bcgames.org
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