The nation’s largest multi-sport event wrapped up this past weekend, with a number of hometown competitors bringing back medals.
As of the closing ceremonies Sunday evening (Aug. 21), British Columbia finished third in the medal standings at the 2022 Canada Summer Games in Niagara, Ont. With 34 gold, 51 silver and 43 bronze (128 total), B.C. was behind Ontario (86 gold, 198 total) and Quebec (49 gold, 142 total).
There were 22 participants representing the North Shore at the games – 15 from North Vancouver and seven from West Vancouver.
During the second, and final, weekend of the games, West Van's Elisa Luo won silver for eight with coxswian female rowing and bronze in quadruple sculls rowing. Rower Ehren Paterson of North Van also won silver in the lightweight double sculls female.
The previous weekend, Sidney Clement of West Van won gold on B.C.'s mixed triathalon relay team. She also had strong finishes in the sprint (5th) and supersprint (6th) female events Meanwhile, Aram Noroozian of North Van won silver as part of B.C.'s mixed tennis team, losing 3-4 to Quebec's squad.
B.C lost to Ontario 81-90 in the male basketball final, which was also held on the first weekend. In the previous game, Tate Christiansen and Aubrey Dorey-Havens – both from North Vancouver – were named players of the game in their semi-final win against Alberta.
Earlier in the first week, 16-year-old Natascha Borromeo won silver in the 100-metre backstroke female, and bronze in the 4 x 100-metre medley relay. She also placed 10th in the 200-metre backstroke.
Borromeo’s club team is the West Vancouver Otters. She says one of her career highlights is placing fifth in the 50-metre backstroke at the 2022 Canadian Swim Trials alongside one of her “all-time swimming icons,” four-time Olympic medallist Kylie Masse.
Tristan Govier, 16, also from West Van won gold after winning the 4 x 100-metre freestyle relay male alongside three B.C. teammates. Other events he competed in include the 200-metre backstroke (finished 27th), the 200-metre butterfly (finished 27th) and the 100-metre freestyle (finished 30th). Govier swims on the Hollyburn swim team.
Madeleine Pollock of North Van finished 4th in the mountain bike relay female and 13th in cross country.
The Canada Games began last Saturday (Aug. 6) and run through Sunday, Aug. 21.
Events on deck include mountain bike races and finals on Friday; as well as basketball and volleyball finals on Saturday. Sunday and Monday are days off. For the full schedule and results, visit the Games’ website.
Here’s a list of all the North Shore athletes who’ll be competing this year.
From North Van:
- Megan Roxby, athletics;
- Armaan Drar, baseball;
- Nicholas Frers, baseball;
- Cameron Macleod, baseball;
- Tate Christiansen, basketball;
- Aubrey Dorey-Havens, basketball;
- Madeleine Pollock, cycling;
- Nathan Pruner, cycling;
- Sadie Howard, diving;
- James Cameron, soccer;
- Kyle Dent, soccer;
- Archie Tugwell, soccer;
- Aram Noroozian, tennis;
- Libby Meldrum, volleyball; and
- Ehren Paterson, rowing.
From West Van:
- Emma Rastad, athletics;
- Elisa Luo, rowing;
- Natascha Borromeo, swimming;
- Tristan Govier, swimming;
- Sidney Clement, triathlon;
- Timothy Mendham, sailing; and
- Katarina Kovacevic, volleyball.