Comox Valley’s Jordyn Ryan, Brooke Lamoureux and Lizzie Gummer returned from the 2015 Western Canada Summer Games with six medals.
Swimmers Ryan and Lamourext won a combined nine medals while Gummer earned one at the Games, held Aug. 7-16 in Wood Buffalo, Alta.
Ryan, 16, won gold in the 200m butterfly and finished fifth in both the 1500m freestyle and 100m butterfly.
Meanwhile, Ryan’s Comox Valley Aquatic Club Sharks teammate Lamoureux, also 16, won bronze in 800m freestyle and silver in 1500m freestyle.
To wrap things up on a grand note, on the final day of the Games the two talented athletes posted a 1-2 finish in the 5km open water swim, with Lamoureux winning gold in 1:00.48.80 and Ryan taking silver in 1:01.54.87.
Due to low water temperatures at Anzac (on the shore of Willow Lake), the open water swim was moved to the indoor pool at Macdonald Island Park.
The third Valley athlete at the Games, 15-year-old Gummer of the Comox Valley Cougars Track & Field Club, garnered gold in the 4x400m relay and narrowly missed the podium in the 400m, finishing fourth. Other locals at the Games included former CVAC coach Mike Flegel along with Team BC mission staff Don Sharpe and Danelle Kabush.
B.C. wrapped up 10 days of competition Sunday with 134 gold, 86 silver, 61 bronze – a record total of 280 medals. They were atop the medal standings throughout the competition.
The highlight of Sunday’s closing ceremonies was B.C. being awarded the Western Canada Summer Games trophy, which goes to the team with the highest aggregate points. Team BC has won the trophy all 11 times the Games have been held.
GAMES NOTES Confusion on the official Games website attributed four medals in swimming relay events that proved erroneous … a contingent of 427 people including 334 athletes, 47 coaches, 24 managers, and 22 mission staff made up Team BC .. British Columbia has taken part in the Western Canada Summer Games since 1975 when the Games were first held in Regina … the next Western Canada Summer Games will be held in Swift Current, Sask. in 2019 …