Skiers lead medal count at Games

Eight skiers from Larch Hills helped propel the Zone 2 team to the top spot in the cross-country ski competition

Best of the best: Larch Hills Nordic skiers Maggie Beckner

Best of the best: Larch Hills Nordic skiers Maggie Beckner

Eight skiers from Larch Hills helped propel the Zone 2 team to the top spot in the cross-country ski competition at the BC Winter Games last weekend in Penticton.

Maggie Beckner, Lucy Elliott, Maggie Rodwell, Julia Brown, Rachel Bates, Natalie Wilkie, Stephen Moore and Calvin Hepburn all qualified and attended the games. On Friday, Moore reached the podium, finishing third in the midget boys 3.5-kilometre classic event, and Beckner took home the gold medal in the girls division. Brown raced to a second-place finish in the juvenile girls 5-km event. During the sprints on Saturday, Beckner placed second and Moore placed third, while Brown placed second.

On Sunday, several skiers came away with medals from the teams made up of participants from the Thompson-Okanagan region.

Alexa Hadath, Jordan Turner, Jade Lutz, Stephenie Martin and head coach Cathy Lipsett claimed the ringette gold medal for the Thompson Okanagan. On the judo mats, second-time BC Games competitors Casey Bourassa and Reese Richardson took home bronze medals in their respective weight class. Speed skater Laura Hall raced to a third-place finish in the Super 1,500-metre U14 Final. In the curling rink, Andrew Cowell and his team took home the silver medal. Liam Westermann narrowly missed the podium in the Juvenile big air competition.