Banyard makes splash at 55-plus B.C. Games

The Nelson swimmer won six medals at last month's event in Coquitlam.

Athletes from the West Kootenay team pose at last month's 55-plus B.C. Games. Nelson's Marylee Banyard (bottom row

Another 55-plus B.C. Games, another medal haul for Marylee Banyard.

The Nelson swimmer dominated the competition at the Games in Coquitlam, which were held Sept. 20 to 24. Banyard won five gold medals and one silver in women’s swimming, which improved on her four-gold medal performance last year.

Banyard finished first in the 80-to-84-year-old 50-metre butterfly, the 100 individual medley, the 400 freestyle and the 25 butterfly. She also beat out a younger group with a gold in the 70-to-74 200 IM, and added a silver in the 80-to-84 200 free.

Not to be outdone, fellow Nelson swimmer June Johnston took gold in the 70-to-74 100 IM.

Elsewhere, John Gwilliam won a pair of track and field gold medals. He finished first in the men’s 70-to-74 10-kilometre road walk as well as the five-km power walk.

Sharisse Kyle took home three silvers in women’s cycling, with podium appearances in the 55-to-59 time trial, road race and hill climb, respectively. Mike Adams won silver in the men’s 60-to-64 road race as well as a bronze in the time trial.

Roger King represented Nelson in men’s 80-to-84 singles badminton with a silver medal, and Howie Ridge took golfing silver in men’s 70-to-74 Div A.

Keith Roenspiess teamed up with Grand Forks resident Jim Talbot to win bronze in men’s 55-to-64 darts, while a pair of Kootenay Glacier Kings teams each took silver in men’s hockey.

Outside of Nelson, Derek Petersen of Kaslo won bronze in men’s 55-to-59 time trial cycling.

Nelson athletes competed in the Zone 6 West Kootenay Boundary group, which included athletes from Castlegar, Trail, Grand Forks, Greenwood, Kaslo, Nakusp, Rossland and Salmo. The West Kootenay team finished with 24 golds, 26 silvers and 13 bronze, which was eighth overall out of 13 zones.

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