Mason earns silver medal

Nanoose Bay high jumper earned a silver medal with a personal best jump in Toronto

Add another ‘local medal’ to the tally after Nanoose Bay’s Mike Mason earned himself a silver in the high jump event at the Pan Am Games in Toronto.

Mason, a Ballenas Secondary School graduate, finished second to fellow Canadian teammate Derek Drouin.

Mason finished with a mark of 2.31 metres, while Drouin had a season-best mark of 2.37 metres to capture the gold medal.

Mason, who competed for Canada at the 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games, captured his first and only medal at the Pan Am Games as he competed in his only event there.

The 2.31 metres is Mason’s personal best, which he first accomplished at an event back in 2012.

Mason’s win brings the total medal haul from Parksville Qualicum Beach area products to three at the 2015 Pan Am Games in Toronto, including Parksville’s Kai Langerfeld who earned two gold medals in rowing events earlier in the games.

The games wrapped up Sunday with the hosting Canada team winning a record 217 medals.

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