Nanaimo athletes made it onto the podium at the B.C. Winter Games.
A contingent of local youths helped the Vancouver Island zone team at the Games, held last month in Mission.
One of the top performers was Lantzville’s Levi Thomas, who won a gold and a silver medal in karate competition. Thomas took gold in his advanced boys’ sparring division and also helped the Island squad to a silver in team sparring.
Also winning two medals was freestyle skier Mei Pond, who took gold in moguls and silver in combined events.
Gabrielle Courtorielle, who trains at Nanoose Bay, won a gold and a silver in archery competition.
Nanaimo’s other gold medallist was judoka Alicia Fiandor who won her 57-kilogram division. She and Colton Davie both got silver in mixed team competition, Vanessa Kruger took silver in her 44kg division and Davie earned bronze in the 73kg class.
On the karate mats, Evan Milne took silver and Morgan Burke got a bronze in team sparring.
Gymnast Cosette Teghtmeyer took bronze in team competition.
Freestyle skier Layne Anvelt earned bronze in combined juvenile events.