It didn't take long for Margaret Rhebergen to make an impact at the B.C. Seniors Games.
Rhebergen, in the women's 55-60 division, set a Games record in the triple jump as the track and field competition opened at Hillside Stadium on Wednesday. The Kamloops resident hopped, skipped and jumped 8.51 metres, smashing the old Games record, 7.93m.
It will be a busy week for Rhebergen, as she is on the start lists for the 100m and 200m, the pole vault and high jump.
Of course, it's not her first time in a record book - in June in Langley, she set a Canadian record in the 55-60 high jump (1.30m). She still holds that record.
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Rhebergen's was one of seven Games records set on the track yesterday, and two of those are Canadian marks.
Vancouver's Christa Bortignon, Sport B.C.'s 2012 masters athlete of the year, set two Games records in women's 75-80, winning the 100m in 15.82 seconds and the triple jump with a leap of 7.96. Her 100m time also broke the Canadian record that she had set at last year's Seniors Games in Burnaby.
Harry Thompson, a 90-year-old resident of Powell River, set a Canadian record in the men's 90-plus 800m, touching the tape in 5:07.40.
Other Seniors Games records were set by Al Percival of Vancouver, whose time of 12.85 broke the mark in 60-65 men's 100m; Wendy Armstrong-Taylor of Armstrong, who finished the women's 55-60 5,000m in 21:12.51; and Betsy Rollins of Richmond, who leapt 7.85m to set the mark women's 60-65 triple jump.
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Organizers of the Games said Wednesday afternoon that results won't be available via the event's website until competitions have ended.
"We will not have daily results from the various sports," read an email that was sent to Kamloops media. "We will only have final results when the competitions themselves are over. Which means . . . we won't have daily wraps on our website to keep you abreast of what's going on."
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One of the first Kamloops athletes to pick up a medal was Jack Miller, who finished second in the 5,000m at Hillside Stadium yesterday morning.
The 5,000m was one of the first events of the athletics competition. Miller, the head coach of the TRU WolfPack cross-country team, was competing in the 65-plus division.
Another person with WolfPack coaching ties, Brad Pape, is participating in the badminton competition at TRU Gym. Pape, a local realtor, coached the WolfPack badminton squad for 28 years before retiring after the 2011-12 season.
Two other WolfPack coaches are participating in the Games.
Ross Perkin, a co-coach with the badminton team, is entered in lawn bowling, while Don Schulz, the WolfPack hockey coach, is playing in the hockey competition.
Eric Schweitzer, a former head coach of the women's soccer team, is entered in tennis.
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Some local volunteers and directors get to pull double-duty at the Seniors Games.
Charlie Bruce, the president of the local board of directors, is signed up for three track and field events. The 66-year-old distance runner is on the start list for the 800, 1,500 and 5,000m events.
Kathy Arnold, who is helping with accreditation this week, is in the women's curling competition at McArthur Island Curling Club. Arnold, a longtime volunteer and the recipient of Curl B.C.'s Builder-Janette Robbins Award and Sport B.C.'s President's Award in 2012, is part of a women's 55-plus team also featuring Gina DeCap, Sharron Olsen and Karen Rosenke.
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Don't be surprised if you see former Victoria Cougars head coach Wayne Naka hanging around the hockey and cycling events. Naka is the vice-president of the B.C. Seniors Games society, and is helping with some of the competition.
He was head coach of the WHL's Cougars from 1986-89, after stints with the B.C. Junior Hockey League's Kelowna Buckaroos (1981-82) and Kelowna Packers (1985-86). Naka also played with the Brandon Wheat Kings in the early 1970s.
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There's a Lukowich on the ice this week, but it's not Brad, the former Blazers defenceman.
Bernie Lukowich, who split 100 games between the NHL and World Hockey Association in the 1970s, is a part of the Victoria Bear Mountain Grizzlies in the 60-plus division at McArthur Island Sport and Event Centre.
Bernie is the father of Brad, who is back in hockey as an assistant coach with the WHL's Lethbridge Hurricanes after retiring in 2012 following a 16-year professional career. Brad played with the Blazers from 1992-96, winning two Memorial Cups and picking up 130 points, leaving him tied for ninth in all-time scoring among Blazers' defencemen.
For all you trivia fans, the other Blazers defenceman with 130 points is current general manager Craig Bonner.
The Grizzlies defeated the Kamloops Stetsons 4-1 on Wednesday.