University of Victoria Viking Thomas Riva, from Qualicum Beach, wasn’t able to defend his national title in the 1,000 metre race at the Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) nationals but he didn’t come home empty handed.
Riva, a graduate of Kwalikum Secondary School, earned himself two silver medals at the CIS nationals, held in Windsor, Ontario.
Riva finished second in both the 1,000 metre run and the 1,500 metre run, missing out on a gold medal in both events by a slim margin.
Riva was also the anchor on the 4×800 metre relay team that finished in second place, Riva’s third silver medal of the meet, just one second behind the first place Windsor team.
This tournament was the last for Riva at the university level, as he will now finish off his last year at UVic and hopes to make the Canadian Olympic team in the future.