Local athletes excel at BC Senior Games

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

Cheryl Closkey

Cheryl Closkey

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.

Several Castlegar athletes had strong results at the senior games.

Cheryl Closkey took home an amazing five medals in Track and Field. She won Silver in Weight Pentathlon, Weight Throw and Hammer Throw, and picked up Bronze in Javelin and Discus, and grabbed fourth in Shot Put.

Peter Johnstone won Gold in the 10K Road Race.

Randy Grant grabbed bronze in Archery in the Compound with Sight and with Release division.

Marilyn Johnstone had some strong results in the pool. She picked up bronze in the 100M Freestyle and came fourth in the 50M Backstroke.

Glen Baber grabbed two fourth place finishes in Track and Field in the 1500M and 10KM Road Race.

Gordon Gibson grabbed a Silver medal in the Hammer Throw and a Bronze medal in the Weight Throw. He also placed fourth in the Javelin and sixth in the Discus.

The Castlegar duo of Monique Pellerin and Linda Chmielewski won Bronze in tennis.

James Ross and Wayne Abietkoff, both of Castlegar, helped the West Kootenay softball team win Bronze.

Slocan’s Don Currie won Gold in both  the 10K Road Walk and the 5000M Power Walk. He also grabbed Silver in the 200M.

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.