Hard work and wins, but all fun at Springwood Park

Bocce championship had some serious rolling action

The Oceanside team of Kerri Lipsack

The Oceanside team of Kerri Lipsack

There were smiles all-round at Springwood Park Saturday as 57 special olympians took to the pitch for the B.C. regional bocce qualifier.

It’s the first time Oceanside has hosted the event, and Bobby Deborne, Island manager of community development for SOBC, said the event is a big day on the sports calendar for the participants, who were all trying to qualify for the 2013 BC Summer Games in Langley.

“It’s going really good,” Deborne explaining there were six different Island communities represented at the all-day play-down.

There were eight locals in the mix, including the team of Kerri Lipsack and Melanie McMaster who brought their game faces (which included plenty of smiling) to the pitch on Saturday as they were ‘kicking butt’ in a 12-6 win over Saltspring Island when The News stopped by.

“Nicely done guys, that was a good game — a very good game,” one of the volunteer linesman remarked as the girls savoured their win which helped punch their ticket to the provincials.