Comox Valley competitors helped Zone 2 (Vancouver Island North) to a fourth place finish at the 2015 55+ BC Games, held Aug. 25-29 in North Vancouver.
Zone 2 amassed 199 medals (84 gold, 65 silver, 50 bronze) while Zone 4 (Lower Mainland) finished first of the 13 zones with 565 medals (254 gold, 180 silver, 131 bronze).
Some 3,300 participants and over 1,000 volunteers participated in 24 sports. There were many multi-medal performances from local athletes, as can be seen by these results from the BC Games website:
Brian Staton swimming M65-69: gold 400m freestyle, gold 100m backstroke, gold 50m backstroke, gold 50m freestyle, silver 100m freestyle, bronze 100m IM. M260-299: gold 4x25m freestyle relay.
Joan Lightfoot swimming F260-299: gold 4x25m freestyle relay. F70-74: bronze 50m breaststroke, bronze 100m breaststroke, bronze 100m IM.
Marie Israel golf F75-79: gold Div. A low net.
Pat Schmidt golf F75-79: bronze Div. B low gross.
Grace Coulter golf F80+: gold Div. A low gross.
Francisco Machado track & field M65-69: gold 400m, gold 200m.
Pat Sarty (Mid Island 70) slopitch M70+: silver.
Mary Holden ice curling F55-64: bronze.
Kelly Wirth (Balding Eagles) soccer 55+: bronze.
Ray St. Dennis (Mid-Island Masters Mixed) dragon boat race M&F55+: bronze.
Maggie Thran swimming F65-69: silver 50m butterfly, bronze 50m freestyle, silver 25m butterfly, silver 100m IM, bronze 25m freestyle. F260-299: gold 4×25 freestyle relay.
Mary Reed badminton F80-84: bronze singles open, bronze doubles open.
Russel Lang badminton M75-79: gold singles recreational, gold doubles recreational. M70-74: bronze doubles recreational.
Gary MacGregor golf M55-59: gold Div. A low gross.
Ed Schum table tennis M70-74: bronze singles recreational.
Anna Robitaille badminton F70-74: bronze doubles competitive.
Jean Tait and Denise Holst duplicate bridge M&F 55+: bronze.
Kim Jonsson, Sharon Walker and Mickey Colbourn ice curling F55-64: bronze.
Doug Quilty-Peters, Mark Simonson, Ron Quilter, Pat Bell (Balding Eagles) soccer 55+: bronze.
Noel Villard cycling M70-74: bronze road race novice, bronze time trial novice.
Many other local competitors came close to posting a podium appearance. For a complete list of results and participants, go to 55plusgames.ca and click on “sports.”