Courtenay Nordic skier Tallon Noble earned a relay gold and a trio of top-10 finishes at the Canada Winter Games, which wrapped up Sunday, March 3 in Red Deer, Alta.
A member of the Strathcona Nordics and Canada’s national junior men’s team, Noble and company won the mixed relay classic technique on Saturday.
Two of his teammates, Rémi and Jasmine Drolet, have connections to the Comox Valley: Rémi is a 2018 graduate of NIDES, and his sister Jasmine is a NIDES student who lives in Rossland.
Individually, the 19-year-old Noble placed eighth in the interval start free technique 10km, sixth in the individual sprint free technique, and 10th in the mass start classic technique 15km.
Another Comox Valley athlete reached the podium in Red Deer, albeit for another province.
Dillan Glennie competed in freestyle skiing, as a member of Team Alberta (due to training), and won the silver medal in the half pipe event.
Her 89.8 score in qualifying was the single highest posted score of the competition.
Her 68.6 in the finals put her in second place, behind Alberta teammate Emma Morozumi.
Glennie also placed fourth in the slopestlye event, and eighth in Big Air.
In curling, the Comox Valley quartet of Keelie Duncan, Chanelle Meeres, Bryn Woloshyn and Gracelyn Richards won three games and lost seven.
“This is our first national event against teams that are four years older,” Adam Duncan said. “Considering all that, it’s been a huge success.”
Meeres and Woloshyn are 15, Richards is 14 and Duncan is 13. Last year, the girls won the gold medal at the U18 BC Winter Games.
About 3,600 athletes, coaches and managers attended the Canada Winter Games, which includes 21 sports.
The Games are held every two years, alternating between winter and summer.