The wild weather over the weekend caused a few cancellations at the 55+ B.C. Games, but that didn’t stop locals from bringing home some hardware.
As part of the Vancouver Island North grouping, which brought home a total of 170 medals, plenty of Parksville Qualicum Beach area athletes earned medals of their own over the five day event.
The Thrifty Foods Ocrcas 55+ Mixed Slo-Pitch team came away with a gold medal, their fourth in the last six years.
Also earning a medal in the team events were the Balding Eagles 55+ and 60+ soccer teams, both featuring local members and both earning bronze. The Men’s 60-64 slo-pitch team, also featuring local athletes, won silver.
In the individual categories, Emmy Matte (Parksville), Heidi Bromley (Nanoose Bay) and Harry Keen (Nanoose Bay) all brought home six medals each in swimming.
Matte earned six gold medals, Keen with two gold and four silver and Bromley with one gold, four silver and one bronze medal.
Paul Connor (Qualicum Beach) captured two gold medals and a silver in cycling.
Russell Sharock (Parksville) had two gold and three silver in swimming, while Joan Nielsen (Parksville) earned a silver and three bronze medals in swimming as well.
Peter Kucey (Qualicum Beach) brought home a bronze in horseshoes. Joe Giegerich (Nanoose Bay) had two gold and and two bronze in track and field.
Hans Tenor (Qualicum Beach) had three silver and two bronze in track and field and Jess Brewer (Nanoose Bay) also brought home a silver medal in track and field.