Athletes from the East Kootenay enter the opening ceremonies at the 55-plus B.C. Games. Photo courtesy 55-plus B.C. Games

Athletes from the East Kootenay enter the opening ceremonies at the 55-plus B.C. Games. Photo courtesy 55-plus B.C. Games

11 medals for Nelson area athletes at 55-plus B.C. Games

The event was held last week in Greater Victoria

Nelson and area athletes won 11 medals at the 55-plus B.C. Games in in the Greater Victoria area last week.

Nelson cyclist Sharisse Kyle finished first in the women’s 65-69 time trial and road race event.

Nelson’s Kathy Letham meanwhile won gold in women’s 65-69 doubles badminton with partner Wendy Nagasaka of Aldergrove. Letham also took bronze in 55-59 singles.

In pickleball, Nelson’s Tanis Bourchier paired with Castlegar’s Christine Wayling to win gold in women’s 55-64 doubles.

Men’s hockey teams meanwhile earned two medals.

The Kootenay Glaciers — which includes Nelson’s Mike Grace, Andrew Kyle, Kaslo’s Glen McRae and Douglas Yee, Salmo’s Fred Paton, and Bonnington’s Brent Petrick — captured gold in the men’s 60-plus category.

The Kootenay Kings — featuring Nelson’s Darrell MacKay, Dean Harrison, Doug Harrison, Simon Wheeldon and Kaslo’s John Cathro — took bronze in the men’s 55-plus event.

In men’s 55-plus soccer, the Kootenay United also scored bronze. That team includes Nelson’s Morgan Dehnel, Bruce Fuhr, Scott Lewis, Robert McRory, Justin Willans, Len Arabia, Glen Cameron, Bill Clark, Les Clark, Mike Clark, Kevin Cormack, Mike Gerun, Jeff Lloyd, Kevin McKechnie, Donnie Wing, David White and Brian Hunter, as well as Salmo’s Jack Janssen-Steenberg.

Local athletes were also on the podium in women’s golf.

Procter’s Jacqueline Little and Balfour’s Roma Crispin each won gold in the 55-plus Flight A category, while Nelson’s Mary Ann Gaschnitz took bronze in the same event.