Nanaimo Special Olympics athletes Hailey Willie, left, and Natasha Phillips, second from left, are awarded their medals at the B.C. Summer Games in Prince George this past weekend. (Vickei Brown/B.C. Summer Games)

Nanaimo Special Olympics athletes Hailey Willie, left, and Natasha Phillips, second from left, are awarded their medals at the B.C. Summer Games in Prince George this past weekend. (Vickei Brown/B.C. Summer Games)

Nanaimo athletes help Vancouver Island team win the most medals at B.C. Summer Games

Athletes excel at track and field, baseball, lacrosse and other sports

Athletes from the Nanaimo area got to experience the B.C. Summer Games, and also won some medals while they were there.

Forty youths from Nanaimo, Lantzville, Nanoose Bay and Gabriola Island earned medals at the multi-sport event, held July 21-24 in Prince George.

The Vancouver Island Zone 6 team finished atop the medal standings with 59 gold medals, 54 silver medals and 52 bronze, and won some of the event’s premier competitions including boys’ baseball, basketball and lacrosse.

After the pandemic caused cancellations of the games, it was a major achievement for athletes to make it there this summer.

“For a provincial stream athlete, competing in the B.C. Summer Games is the pinnacle of achievement. This experience required gruelling tryouts, and could only be repeated once in an athletic career,” noted a press release from the Nanaimo Diamonds artistic swim team, which sent seven swimmers and a coach to Prince George.

Results from the games include:

Artistic swimming – Isabella Hanson, bronze, duet; Morgan Jessey, bronze, duet; Lila Keeling, bronze, team; Laryssa MacDonald, bronze, team.

Athletics – Gavin Esleyer, gold, 4×100-metre relay, gold, 300m; Niall O’Hara, silver, 4x400m; Brea Gillette, gold, 4x400m; Soren Lee, bronze, shot put; Lucy Russell, bronze, 4x100m, bronze, pole vault; Sash Barbour, bronze, Special Olympics 100m, bronze, Special Olympics 200m, bronze, Special Olympics 800m, gold, Special Olympics shot put; Natasha Phillips, gold, Special Olympics 100m, gold, Special Olympics 200m, gold, Special Olympics long jump; gold, Special Olympics 400m, gold, Special Olympics shot put; Hailey Willie, silver, Special Olympics 100m, silver, Special Olympics 200m, silver, Special Olympics long jump, silver, Special Olympics 400m.

Baseball – Lachlan Barnard, gold; Trevor Holme, gold; Joe Madill, gold; Eli Pakosz, gold; Max Poirier, gold; Reed Sutton, gold.

Basketball – Grayson Ritzland, gold.

Beach volleyball – Falk Bahlmann, silver; Jordan Connors, bronze; Emma Kirk, bronze.

Canoe/kayak – Angela Smith, bronze, C-1 1,000m.

Field lacrosse – Gavin Bourne, silver; Keenan DeWit, silver; Ethan Gordon, silver; Corbin Mahy, silver; Kai Sanderson, silver.

Golf – Manpreet Lalh, silver, team, silver, individual.

Lacrosse – Tanner Harrison, gold; Shilo Hawley, gold; Max Hurren, gold; Bostyn MacDonald, gold; Christopher Monckton, gold; Maxwell Tyre, gold.

Rowing – Shae McKeever, gold, two-person 2,000m, silver, four-person 500m.

Rugby – Youna Uehara, silver; Ella Hudon, silver.

Triathlon – Jack Mace, bronze, sprint, bronze, F1.

Wakeboarding – Ben Jeffery, gold, towed water sports team, gold, individual, bronze, individual; Max Jeffery, gold, towed water sports team, silver, individual.



editor@nanaimobulletin.com

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Pole vaulter Lucy Russell clears the bar in competition at the B.C. Summer Games in Prince George this past weekend. (Shelley Mitchell/B.C. Summer Games)

Pole vaulter Lucy Russell clears the bar in competition at the B.C. Summer Games in Prince George this past weekend. (Shelley Mitchell/B.C. Summer Games)

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