Port Alberni athletes return from BC Summer Games with medals

Several athletes from Port Alberni brought gear from the BC Summer Games to Prince George last month.

The local wrestlers won a gold medal in the doubles competition and a bronze medal in the overall tournament for the Zone 6 (Vancouver Island) wrestling team.

Individual podium placers for the fight include Grant Coulthart (gold) and Ucluelet’s Olivia Rhodes (silver). Alberni Sage’s daughters Dziekan-Gwilt, Janna Hiltz, Danika Currie and Kelsie Sam each received bronze medals, while Alex McKenzie and Evan McLeod finished fourth individually in their weight class. The team was led by coaches Owen Coulthart and Emma Doskotch of Port Alberni and Nick Zuback of the Cowichan Valley.

The Zone 6 lacrosse team also won gold in a 9-4 game against Zone 3 (Fraser Valley). Declan Fines and Rhys Galloway of the Alberni Valley Tyees were part of the gold medal team, along with coach Kelly Fines.

Four racers from the Sproat Lake Watersports Association helped Zone 6 win a team gold medal in towed watersports. Brooke Mauke won three individual gold medals (wakesurf, wakeskate and wakeboard), while Grady Dragani won bronze in wakesurf, Max Jeffery won silver in wakeskate and gold in wakeboard and Ben Jeffery won the bronze in wakeboarding.

Finally, three Port Alberni Special Olympics athletes won a total of 13 gold, silver and bronze medals. Kim Geisbrecht (four gold medals), Jolyn Watts (four silver medals and one bronze medal) and Sebastien Thomas (one silver medal and three bronze medals) competed in swimming, with coach Barb Geisbrecht .

Zone 6 won the BC Summer Games with a total of 165 medals.

Port Alberni

Declan Fines, Kelly Fines and Rhys Galloway, representing the Alberni Valley, won gold in lacrosse at the BC Summer Games in Prince George last month. (PHOTO SUBMITTED)

Brooke Mauke of Port Alberni won a gold medal in wakeboarding at the BC Summer Games in Prince George.  (PHOTO COURTESY OF JAMES DOYLE/BC SUMMER GAMES)

Brooke Mauke of Port Alberni won a gold medal in wakeboarding at the BC Summer Games in Prince George. (PHOTO COURTESY OF JAMES DOYLE/BC SUMMER GAMES)

Naomi C. Amerson