Young athletes from the North Shore were feeling the heat of competition this summer as they took on peers from across the province.
At the BC Summer Games, July 21-24 in Prince George, competitors from North and West Vancouver brought home 29 medals: six gold, 12 silver and 11 bronze.
Leading that medal count is James Sikich of North Van. The triathlete won gold in the boys 16-17 duathlon and four silver medals in other related events. Sikich was bested only by Josiah Wilkinson of Prince George, in what appears to be a budding rivalry.
In golf, West Van’s Grace Yao beat out the girls division with two back-to-back, one-over-par rounds. Her home course is Seymour Golf and Country Club.
William Millard of North Van won gold for the boys pole vault.
North Shore athletes were also on gold-winning zone 5 (Vancouver-Coastal) teams for girls volleyball, girls soccer and U19 mix 4 x 500-metre rowing.
Jocelyn Howell won silver for girls 51-kilogram wrestling.
Breenie Jefferson won silver in the towed water sports 10-13 girls jump, and bronze in the trick category. Cooper Neale grabbed a silver in the boys 10-13 wakeboard and a bronze for wakeskate. Jakob Taylor took silver for boys 14-17 wakeboard and bronze in the jump for that age group.
North Shore competitors were on silver-winning teams for 3x3 girls basketball, U19 2,000 metre rowing, boys baseball and boys soccer.
In 54-kilogram wrestling, Ian McLachlan of North Van won bronze. Nika Najafi-Haghi, also from North Van, won bronze in the mixed para-swimming 150/200-metre individual medley.
Bronze-winning teams with North Shore members include girls 4 x 400-metre relay, U19 boys 2,000-metre rowing, boys baseball, boys swimming 4 x 50-metre free relay, mixed 4 x 50-metre medley relay and boys canoe/kayak 500-metre “learn to train.”