Nelson’s Jim Reimer won bronze at the 55-Plus Games in Vernon last week. That was one of 25 medals brought home by Nelson and Salmo athletes. Photo submitted

Nelson, Salmo athletes return from 55-plus Games with 25 medals

Swimming accounted for 13 of those medals last week in Vernon

You’re never too old to be on a podium.

Athletes from Nelson and Salmo brought home 25 medals from the 55-plus B.C. Games in Vernon, which ran Sept. 12 to 16.

Swimming accounted for 13 of those medals, with Nelson’s Marylee Banyard, Kathryn Marsh and June Johnston cleaning up in the pool.

Banyard, who has a long history of winning at the Games, won four gold medals and two silvers in women’s 80-84 events. Marsh meanwhile won three silvers and two silvers and a bronze in the women’s 60-64 division, while Johnston added a bronze in women’s 70-74 100-metre backstroke.

Related: Queen of the Pool: Marylee Banyard is swimming royalty

Other results include:

• The Kootenay Kings took gold in men’s 60-plus hockey. Norm Deverney, Mike Grace, Doug Kennedy, Andrew Kyle, Brent Mason, Craig Pickerell and Pat Severyn represented Nelson on the Kings.

• Mike Wagg of Nelson won gold in men’s 65-69 golf, while Salmo’s Terry Hearne took bronze in the men’s 75-79 division.

• Roger Kerby of Nelson and his partner Rick Bradburn of Harrison Hot Springs earned gold in men’s 80-84 badminton doubles. Kerby also won silver in men and women’s 75-79 mixed doubles with Brentwood Bay’s Anne Henderson.

• John Gwilliam of Nelson finished first in men’s 70-74 five kilometre power walk, while Nelson’s Jim Reimer earned bronze in the men’s 60-64 five km run.

• Nelson’s Sharisse Kyle brought home two cycling silver medals in women’s 60-64 competitive time trial and road racing, respectively.

• In five-pin bowling, Salmo’s Rusty Denny earned a silver in women’s 55-plus individual high single pins over average and a bronze in high six POA. Marion Williamson of Nelson meanwhile took silver in women’s 55-plus individual high six POA.

• Finally, the Kootenay Rhythm Dragons won silver in women’s 55-plus dragon boat. The Dragons are: Nelson’s Judy Evans, Susan Faye, Pat Gibson, Sophie Goodwin, Lena Guignion, Maureen Hendry, Randi Jensen, Diane Lines, Cath Little, Patricia Logan, Frances Long, Margaret Lozinski, Lorna Maxwell, Jeanette McCarvell, Patty McMillan, Maggie Mulvihill, Marlene Pozin, Puleng Pratt, Peggy Scott, Deb Smith, Janet Stephenson, Diane Tullock, Mary Walters and South Slocan’s Karen Heddle.

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The Kootenay Rhythm Dragons took silver at the Games in the women’s A final. Photo submitted

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