Locals earn B.C. Winter Games medals

Two local athletes brought home medals from the B.C. Winter Games which wrapped up in Penticton Feb. 28.

Nanoose Bay’s Olivia Bau with the silver medal she earned at the recent B.C. Winter Games in Penticton.

Two local athletes brought home medals from the B.C. Winter Games which wrapped up in Penticton Feb. 28.

Aiden Hare of Parksville earned a silver and a gold in archery and Olivia Bau earned silver in figure skating.

Hare, took second in the boys two-day aggregate bare bow category and first in the boys match play bare bow.

It was the first archery competition the 15-year-old took part in, other than the qualifier, he said. He took up archery when a friend invited him along last spring and said for now he’s still just having fun.

Said 14-year-old Olivia Bau of Nanoose Bay who earned silver in the pre-novice skating category:

“It felt really good, I haven’t gotten that big a win before.”

The only other Parksville Qualicum Beach individual to earn a medal at this year’s B.C. Winter Games, Bau competed at the games two years ago and came in fifth in a younger age category, so this felt like a real accomplishment, she said.

Tyler Bidnyk, Bau’s Sandy Shores Skating Club coach and the Zone 6 team coach, said she also came in fifth in her age group at the most recent provincials, “so to finish second was a real accomplishment.”

“She definitely has the skill to go all the way,” Bidnyk said, adding that there are so many complicated factors that go into a sport career it’s hard to say, but that “she’s super talented, a super hard worker, she’s the whole package.”

Bau lights up when asked about her skating ambitions and said she is interested in pursuing figure skating as a career, and she’s putting in the work to prove it spending at least 12 hours a week on the ice and at least that much more time in off-ice training and planning.

The young athletes were representing the Zone 6 Team (Vancouver Island-Central Coast) at the games, which brought back 53 medals in all, including 14 gold.

More than 1,700 athletes, coaches and officials and 1,800 volunteers took part in the bi-annual games in Penticton, which happens to be where the games were launched in 1978 according to their website. Visit www.bcgames.org for more information and results.

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