Medals earned in skiing, judo and ringette at Winter Games

Salmon Arm brought home a share of the hardware from the 2014 BC Winter Games, which were held in Mission from Feb. 20 to 23

Salmon Arm brought home a share of the hardware from the 2014 BC Winter Games, which were held in Mission from Feb. 20 to 23.

The Games included participants from across B.C. in 18 different sports.

This year, four skiers from the Larch Hills Nordic Club qualified to be a part of the Games.

For the individual sprint race, the team earned three bronze medals. David Bakker took third for the Juvenile boys, Rachel May placed third for the Juvenile girls, and Konrad Van Varseveld placed third for the Midget boys. Aiden Hepburn also raced in the Midget boys category and earned 11th place.

In the individual start race, Larch Hills took three silver medals. David Bakker earned silver for the Juvenile boys, Rachel May earned silver for the Juvenile girls, and Konrad Van Varseveld earned silver for the Midget boys. Aiden Hepburn took ninth place for the Midget boys.

To round out the weekend, the relay team of David Bakker, Rachel May, Konrad Van Varseveld from Larch Hills and Alana Brittin from the Revelstoke Nordics won the gold medal.

In ringette action, Zone 2, Thompson Okanagan, brought home a gold medal with Emily Williams from Salmon Arm on the team. Williams was noted as a valuable player helping Zone 2 win the gold, while her mother, Christine, was an assistant coach for the team.

Other Salmon Arm ringette players were part of a team that placed fourth, after losing a heartbreaker in the bronze medal game. Those players included Deanna Asham, Courtney Bacon, Jaicee Clifford, Emilie Petryshen and Adrianna Williams.

Five was a popular number among Salmon Arm badminton players with Kevin Henz, Natanya O’Brien, Nathan Renkema, Joy Savanagouder, Matthew Sharratt and McKenzie Woldringh earning a fifth place finish in the team badminton event.

Renkema and Sharrat also scored fifth in boys doubles, while Savanagouder notched fifth in mixed doubles and Woldringh placed fifth in girls singles.

O’Brien placed ninth in girls singles.

In Judo competition, Casey Bourassa earned silver in the Under 63-kilogram category, while Sachi Kutschker and Reese Richardson placed 11th in their categories. They were coached by Salmon Arm’s Monica Gignac.