Fraser Valley athletes captured 94 medals — 34 golds, 32 silvers, and 28 bronzes — at this year’s BC Summer Games in Surrey.
The team was second in the standings, behind Vancouver Island-Cantral Coast which had 101 medals.
Leading the way for Mission were canoe/kayak athletes Alex Brent and Willow Kehler, who both train out of the Ridge Canoe and Kayak Club at Whonnock Lake.
Brent, 15, hauled out an impressive set of medals competing individually and as a team. He earned a total of seven medals, consisting of three golds in the K-1 500 m, K-1 200 m, and K-2 200 m races; three silvers in skills competition, and the K-2 500 m and K-4 open; and a bronze in the C-2 500 m. Brent also finished fourth in the C-1 500 m race.
Twelve-year-old Willow Kehler picked up five medals, including a gold in the Boys/girls K-4 Open, and bronzes in the Girls C-2 200 m, Girls C-4, Boys/Girls OC6 2,000 m, and Girls K-1 2,000 m. She also competed in the Girls K-2 500 m, Girls C-2 500 m, and Boys/Girls OC6 500 m, finishing sixth, seventh and sixth, respectively.
Mission’s Bryce Fillion earned a silver in the Boys Triple Jump and a bronze in the Boys 100m race. He also finished fourth in the Boys Long Jump.
Kevin Peter Lawrance placed second in towed water sports in the Boys 10-13 years barefoot, and eighth in the slalom.
Max Chadwick and the U15 boys volleyball team won gold as did Jaime Rourke and the U15 girls volleyball team.
Deroche’s Alexandra Sawyer took home a silver in the 70 kg wrestling category.
“These Games saw a number of records fall as BC’s best came together,” said BC Games President and CEO Kelly Mann. “That shows that BC’s investment in sport is paying off. We are seeing an escalation in skills in several sports, and many of the young people who competed here are well on their way to becoming provincial level athletes.
“I firmly believe that many of the stars produced by these Summer Games in Surrey will one day compete for our country.”
The BC Games cauldron will be lit again in 2014 in Mission for the BC Winter Games and in Nanaimo for the BC Summer Games.