The B.C. Seniors Games wrapped up Saturday, and the Fraser Valley was the big winner.
The Fraser Valley picked up 404 medals in the five-day competition, which was held in Kamloops from Tuesday through Saturday. The Seniors Games brought around 3,700 competitors over the age of 55.
Of Zone 3’s 404 medals, 168 were gold, with 139 of the silver variety and 97 bronze.
The hosts, the South Central, were second, coming from behind to pass Lower Mainland on the last day. South Central picked up 330 medals — 123 gold, 105 silver and 102 bronze.
The Lower Mainland won 302 medals — 143 gold, 98 silver and 61 bronze.
Vancouver Island North earned 246 medals, including 121 gold, while Vancouver Island South was fifth with 201 medals, 85 of them gold. Okanagan Similkameen earned 193 medals, including 90 gold, and the North Central counted 52 gold medals among its total of 124.
West Kootenay-Boundary, with 113 medals, the North West, with 46, and the Bulkley Valley-Lakes, with 31, rounded out the top-10. The Peace River-Liard had 26 medals and the East Kootenay rounded out the field with 22.
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The Interior Grasslands Cycling Club had a big group of volunteers helping with the Seniors Games cycling events, and also had four members win medals.
Kathy Wilson won three medals in the 55-59 division. She completed the time trial in 27 minutes nine seconds and the road race in 1:27:05, finishing second in both. She also picked up a bronze medal in the hill climb, reaching the top in 11:05.
Peter Voss left the Games with silver and bronze medals in the 60-64 competition. He was second in the time trial (22:26) and third in the hill climb (8:37), and also took fifth in the road race.
Brian Bogetti was second in the 65-69 road race in 1:33:42, and also missed out on a bronze medal in the time trial by four seconds. Bogetti was third in the hill climb, his time 9:25.
Alan Bogetti’s time of 1:33:38 earned him a bronze medal in the 60-64 road race, to go along with the bronze he won in the time trial (22:56). He also was fifth in the hill climb in 9:12.
Joy Conrad-Rice of Kamloops won two gold medals in the tennis competition at the Seniors Games.
Conrad-Rice was golden in the women’s 70-74 singles. Her Kamloops compatriot Dianne Kerr was third in the division. Conrad-Rice teamed up with Kerr to win the women’s doubles event.
David Lidster also had a good week, winning two medals. Lidster beat Leroy Brown in the men’s 60-64 singles final, before the two teamed up to finish second in the 60-64 doubles.
In the men’s 60-64 competition, Kamloops swept the podium. Mike Sabatino won bronze in the singles, before joining Jurek Baltakis to win the doubles. Doug Goldade and Bill Poirier were third in doubles.