Valley athletes excel at BC Winter Games

Cowichan Valley athletes returned from the BC Winter Games in Mission with their bags loaded with hardware.

Gymnasts from the Duncan Dynamics led the medal parade, as Darby McIntyre claimed gold on bars, beam and all-around, and silver in vault in the individual competition, and teammate Keerstin Arden took silver on beam. The girls also shared bronze in the team competition.

Freestyle skier Todd Heard collected silver in the moguls and slopestyle disciplines, and all-around gold.

Biathlete Bree Castle earned a bronze medal in the girls 6k race, and also placed fifth in the 4k sprint.

In karate, Jacob Marcelic took bronze in 55kg+ advanced kumite and silver in the team kumite competition.

Anna Clark claimed bronze in the under-52kg women’s judo competition, and Jeremy Perkins placed ninth in the under-66kg men’s competiton.

Katie Ferguson just missed out on a medal in girls hockey, finishing fourth with the Island team.

In archery, Sion Griffiths placed seventh in the two-day aggregate boys barebow, and Jason Haney was 11th in the two-day aggregate boys compound.