Comox Valley competitors distinguished themselves at the 2013 Special Olympics British Columbia Summer Games.
The 30 athletes collected 19 gold, 20 silver and nine bronze medals at the July 11-13 event in Langley. The Games featured more than 1,100 B.C. and Yukon athletes competing in 11 sports.
In bocce, Sherri Lines (coached by Peggy Cagna) won silver in singles.
In bowling (coached by Deb McCooey, Donna McColl and Rob Smith), Comox Valley Team #1 with Melissa Knight, Amy Baudais, Clint McColl, Mary Evans and Braydon Bridges won bronze while Comox Valley Team #3 with Mary Wells, Randy Bates, Joe Grubweiser and Penny Savin finished fourth.
Valley swimmers (coached by Nikki Apps and Melissa Furlotte) shone in the pool. Kerri Derringer won two gold and three silver, Julia Tait won gold and silver, Larry McCooey won gold and bronze, Ben Helpard won silver and Angela Lion won one gold and two bronze.
In baseball (coached by Randy James and Ed Hollihan) the team of Collin Wells, Chris Gillis, Chris Roberge, Brad Hogan, Kim Burke, Tim Johnson and Matt Cadwell scooped the silver medal.
Track and field (coached by Larry Cagna) produced impressive results. Robert Burns won gold in 50m 17.76 seconds, silver in standing long jump 1.07m and gold in shot put 4.06m.
Terry Daniels was fourth in 100m 16.12 seconds, fourth in 200m 33.58 seconds, fourth in long 33.58m, and won silver in shot put 6.45m.
Ken Davidson was fourth in 100m 21.01 seconds, won bronze in standing long jump 0.93m and took fourth in shot put 4.46m.
Ryan Hamilton was fourth in 100m 15.25 seconds, won silver in 200m 30:51 seconds, silver in long jump 3.21m and garnered gold in shot put 4.34m.
Jake Hooper (who is in Sherbrooke, Que. for the Aug. 2-17 Canada Summer Games) won gold in 100m 13.47 seconds, gold in long jump 4.50m, bronze in shot put 9.15m and gold with the Region 6 4x100m relay team.
Mason Keddy was solid gold at the Langley Games. He won the 800m 2:18.46, 1,500m 4:51.86 seconds, 3,000m 10:58.77, long jump 4.13m, shot put 8.01m and was on the first-place Region 6 4x100m relay team.
All the local coaches, volunteers and athletes were pleased with their participation at the Summer Games.