Golden visit for grandma at The Gardens

Brianne Jenner scored a key goal in the march to the gold medal in Sochi

Brianne Jenner

There were some golden moments for residents of The Gardens in Qualicum Beach on Wednesday.

It’s a rare treat when you get a visit to your house from a Canadian Olympic athlete who lets you hold a gold medal, but the extraordinary opportunity occurred for the seniors who call The Gardens their home.

Last week, Brianne Jenner, a member of the Canadian women’s hockey team, brought her prestigious hardware to the facility where her grandma resides.

Not only did Jenner share stories with the residents about her experience at the Sochi Winter Olympics, she also passed around her gold medal, posed for photos and signed pictures for the appreciative crowd. Among the residents dressed in patriotic red and white was a very proud Betty Jenner.

Betty said having the honour of being the grandmother of an Olympic athlete never really impacted her until this visit.

Betty emphasized that regardless of her impressive athletic achievements, her granddaughter has always been wonderful.

“She is a great kid … she can do anything and I am very proud of her.”

With a little more than three minutes left in the gold medal game Feb. 20 in Sochi against the U.S. and Canada losing 2-0, Jenner scored Canada’s first goal in a dramatic finish that would see Canada win 3-2 in overtime.

Her grandmother said she was on pins and needles for that game.

“I watched it on TV and I was so nervous because it was touch and go,” she recalled.

The 23-year-old student who began her collegiate career at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York has been balancing her university and hockey career since 2010. She admitted she was sad she didn’t make it to Qualicum Beach sooner so her grandfather could have also held her gold medal.

Fred Jenner, who was also a resident of The Gardens, passed away a month ago.

“I am happy I was able to get out here and share this with my grandmother … but I wish I could have gotten here when my grandfather was here. It is special to share this with my grandma and to meet all of her friends here,” said Jenner.

Dave Jenner, Brianne’s father, was also in town for a visit with his brother Craig Jenner and his wife Andrea, who live in Qualicum Beach.

Just Posted

Parksville’s Kurz runs 160 kilometres in less than 24 hours

Former Ballenas athlete raises more than $8,000 for Terry Fox Foundation

1913 Ford Model T a hit at classic car show

Hundreds of vehicles lined the streets of Qualicum Beach on Father’s Day

Joint effort helps extinguish shop fire in Coombs

Firefighters quickly contain blaze that spread to nearby trees

Island farmers concerned with Agricultural Land Reserve changes

Dozens voice concerns at special meeting in Nanoose Bay

Parksville resort fire caused by flammable gas used to extract oil from cannabis

Investigators detail reasons for explosion and blaze that destroyed building

VIDEO: B.C. First Nation plans to launch legal challenge after Trans Mountain approval

Meanwhile, Premier John Horgan says he’ll continue to defend the B.C. coast

Billboard posted along B.C.’s Highway of Tears to remember missing and murdered Indigenous women

Billboards featuring Indigenous artwork to be placed in Surrey, Kamloops and near Prince George

Federal cabinet ministers visit Edmonton, Calgary, in wake of TMX approval

Natural Resources Minister Amarjeet Sohi is set to visit Trans Mountain Corp.’s terminal in Edmonton

B.C. municipality prepares to forbid overnight camping by homeless despite court ruling

While courts have ruled against blanket bans, Langley City is employing a site-by-site approach

B.C. auditor says Indigenous grad rate highest ever but education gaps exist

The percentage of Indigenous students graduating from B.C. public high schools has hit its highest level ever

Statistics Canada reports annual pace of inflation rises in May to 2.4%

Transportation prices gained 3.1 per cent as the cost of air transportation added 8.9 per cent

BREAKING: Forest fire on North Island disrupts Hwy. 19

Wildfire has reached .25 hectares, according to BC Wildfire Service

Man to be sentenced for sexual abuse of young girl in Nanaimo

Stephen Mark Castleden also sentenced for child pornography-related charges

VIDEO: Firefighters stop blaze from spreading after BMW crashes at Saratoga Speedway

Victoria-based businessmen were ‘corner training’ on Father’s Day when incident took place

Most Read