After Saturday’s BC Winter Games action in Mission (and surrounding communities), the host Fraser Valley Zone 3 squad continues to be the frontrunner in the medal standings.
Fraser Valley athletes have combined for an eye-popping total of 81 medals (26 gold, 30 silver, 25 bronze). That’s almost double their nearest pursuers, Thompson-Okanagan Zone 2 (43 medals) and Vancouver-Squamish Zone 5 (42 medals).
Some of the highlights from Saturday:
• A quartet of divers became double gold medalists. Alison Komlos of North Vancouver, Nick Nepomuceno of North Vancouver, William Robertson of Saanich and Tavia Waiz of White Rock emerged victorious at Walnut Grove Pool on Saturday, adding to their medal haul from Friday.
• Heavy snowfall at Hemlock saw the alpine skiing events cancelled, but the slopestyle freestyle event went ahead. Hannah Benischek (senior women), Erin Sketchley (junior ladies), Matt Finlayson (senior men) and Lucas Pelletier (junior men) gold medals.
• Karate was the only one of the 18 BC Winter Games sports which didn’t begin until Saturday. The event got underway in Pitt Meadows, with semifinalists determined in the kata competition. Medals will be handed out on Sunday.