Northwest seniors stand out at games

Track and field athlete Maxine Smallwood topped the medal count for Terrace senior athletes at this year's BC Seniors' Games in Langley

Maxine Smallwood took home an impressive amount of medals in Track and Field at the 2014 BC Seniors’ Games in Langley.

Track and field athlete Maxine Smallwood topped the medal count for Terrace senior athletes at this year’s BC Seniors’ Games in Langley earlier this month with four golds and two silvers.

More than 100 participants and non-participants from the northwest Zone 10 headed to the games Sept. 9-13, participating in 16 of the 26 events and returning with a total of 41 medals – 15 gold, 13 silver, and 13 bronze according to results posted on the games’ website.

Smallwood received gold in shot put, weight pentathlon, discus, and javelin in the women’s 85-89 division, according to results provided by the games. Cecil (Bob) Goodvin also stood out in the track and field category for men 90 and over, with golds in discus and shot put, and a silver in javelin. Ken Earl earned bronze in the Men 65 – 69 pentathlon.

Trudy Rafuse saw silver in Women 60 – 64 tme trial – competitive, and hill climb – competitive, with a bronze in road Race – competitive.

Ann Kantakis saw bronze in 65 – 69 time trial competitive.

“A time trial (16 km in Fort Langley), road race (48 km in Langley farmland), and hill climb (3 km in Abbotsford) were all in different locations, as usual,” said Kantankis via email. “There were a record number of 105 cyclists and the coordinator and his volunteers did an excellent job running the races.”

“Chip technology on our bikes for timing purposes was a huge asset. We got to hang out with our cycling friends of all ages from elsewhere in the province, which is the special part of the Games,” Kantakis continued.

Tom Logan, competing in archery, came close to the podium, taking home fourth in Men 60 – 64 target – longbow without sight & fingers and 3D – longbow without sight & fingers.

In Division A Men six games 5-pin bowling, Ken Rutsatz received bronze. And in horseshoes, Marielle Mercure saw bronze in women 55+ F, with Marg Sharp seeing silver. JeanPaul Bourgoin also won bronze in horseshoes for the Men 65+ A. And the team of Frank Ackerman and Jean Thomson took home gold for first overall for 55+ pairs in whist and silver for Flight A 55+ Pairs.

Zone 10 athletes hail from Haida Gwaii, Kitimat, Prince Rupert and the Nass Valley.

More results are as follows:

In archery Fred Hutchings took two gold medals back to Prince Rupert. And Bob Bennett won bronze.

Bridge (social) saw Joe Martyres and Ron Adam take home silver.

Betty Glover saw gold in golf, with Anne Berrisford taking home bronze.

In ice curling, the 55+ men’s team of T. Abriel, H. Smith, L. Blackmore, and B.Drinkwater won gold. For pickle ball, Barb and Ray Webster won bronze and Dave Quinn and KC Tam won silver. In swimming, Dawn Quast won two silver and one bronze.

And in whist Anna Quinn/Donnette Farrell saw bronze.

After a couple months of relaxation it will be time to start preparing for the 2015 55+ BC Games, held in North Vancouver between Aug. 25 and 29.



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