Nelson paddlers dominate at BC Summer Games

Local athletes won four team medals and five individual medals, only one of which wasn't in a canoe, Thursday to Sunday in Abbotsford.

Athletes with the Nelson Kayak and Canoe club cleaned up at the BC Summer Games. Back row L-R: Heather Potkins

Nelson’s paddlers owned the podium at the BC Summer Games.

Local athletes won four team medals and five individual medals, only one of which wasn’t in a canoe, Thursday to Sunday in Abbotsford.

Heather Potkins was the city’s most decorated athlete. Potkins took individual canoe gold in the girls slalom C-1 open, silver in the C-1 2,000-metre open and bronze in the 500 train to train.

Potkins also won bronze with Tessa Timmermans in the C-2 500 train to train and another bronze with Anna Milde in the C-2 2,000 open.

Potkins’ Nelson Kayak and Canoe Club teammate Bailey Stefani won two gold, first in the girls C-1 200 learn to train final then again with Milde in the C-2 500 learn to train.

Potkins, Stefani, Timmermans and Milde also teamed up to take bronze in the girls C-5 500 open.

Equestian athlete Indigo Bowick, meanwhile, took bronze in boys and girls vaulting Event 2 final.

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