North Shore athletes shine at BC Winter Games

Future Olympians were on display at the BC Winter Games held over the weekend in Kamloops, including a number of North Shore athletes who climbed onto the podium.

The Vancouver-Coastal zone won the medal tally with 128 total medals, including 43 golds, topping Fraser River’s 95 total (31 golds) and Thompson-Okanagan (90 medals, 22 golds). Athletes from North Vancouver and West Vancouver played a large part in Vancouver-Coastal’s big showing, collecting 21 medals, including 11 golds.

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Leading the way was diver Veronica Fong who won three gold medals, including both the one-metre and three-metre boards in the girls B Group. Snowboarder Zakk Harman also had himself an impressive Games, winning gold in both slopestyle and snowboard cross. Victor (Yun-Da) Cai also won double gold, hitting the mark in a pair of archery events.

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North Vancouver snowboarder Zakk Harman stands on top of the podium at the BC Winter Games. Harman won gold in both slopestyle and snowboard cross. photo BC Games

Here are all of the medallists from North Vancouver and West Vancouver, as listed on the BC Games website:

Gold

Ringette: Yvonne Orr, Brianna Bisaillon, Anastasia Kimovska, Talia Harasym, Pyper White

Basketball Special Olympics: Stephan Schoeller, Pierce Burns, Daniel Gawenda

Karate, intermediate kumite 1 girls 156 cm: Stephanie Lum

Karate, team kata girls: Helena Andres

Snowboarding, slopestyle male: Zakk Harman

Snowboarding, snowboard cross male: Zakk Harman

Diving, synchro mixed: Veronica Fong

Archery, two-day aggregate boys recurve: Victor (Yun-Da) Cai

Archery, match play boys recurve: Victor (Yun-Da) Cai

Diving, B Group girls 1 metre: Veronica Fong

Diving, B Group girls 3 metre: Veronica Fong

Silver

Diving, C Group 3 metre: Oliver Kraatz

Bronze

Basketball Special Olympics: DJ Gilbert, Sangeon Yoo, Nick Kellof

Figure skating, pre-novice women: Emily Millard

Alpine skiing, giant slalom: Markus Cordy-Simpson

Alpine skiing, slalom two-run male: Dylan Stevens

Diving, C Group boys 1 metre: Oliver Kraatz

Diving, B Group boys 1 metre: Eric Bullington

Karate, intermediate kumite 1 boys 155 cm: Julian Hassan

Freestyle skiing, U14 moguls female: Brooke Armstrong

Diving, C Group boys 3 metre: Henry Brewster

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