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Heritage City athletes capture gold medals at BC Summer Games

Brooke and Ashley Sonnichsen of Nelson bite their medals won in the synchronized swimming competition. Below, Matti Erickson stands on the podium to receive his gold medal. — Submitted photos

The 2018 BC Summer Games wrapped up in Cowichan Valley Sunday with the Kootenay Zone finishing in seventh spot with 16 medals — five gold, seven silver and four bronze.

Highlighting the Kootenay Zone was the synchronized swim team of Brooke and Ashley Sonnichsen in the pool and runner Matti Erickson on the track.

Team Sonnichsen won gold in synchronized AG 11-12 Duet as well as Brooke Sonnichsen capturing the top place in AG 11-12 Figures. Ashley Sonnichsen took the silver medal in AG 11-12 Figures.

Meanwhile on the track, Nelson's Erickson dominated the track, claiming gold in boy’s 800 meters and boy’s 1200 meters.

Cloe Comstock won silver medals in girl’s vaulting division D Canter Combined on Day 1, 2 and 3.

The Kootenay Zone Golf team of Cameron Bibby-Fox and Brendon Mckeiv of Nelson, A.J. Roberts of Castlegar, Iain Douglas of Kimberley and Jonace Johnson of Cranbrook won the bronze medal.

Vancouver Island-Central Coast won the team title with 145 medals. Fraser River was second at 127 followed in third by Vancouver-Coastal at 114. Fraser Valley, Thompson-Okanagan and Cariboo-Northeast finished fourth, fifth and sixth, respectively.

More than 2300 athletes competed in 18 sports at venues throughout the Cowichan Valley representing their home zones with determination and pride.

“Congratulations to all the athletes who competed in the Cowichan 2018 BC Summer Games,” said Lisa Beare, Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture.

“Your dedication and achievements have inspired so many around the province and I know you will continue to accomplish great things on and off the field. No matter where you placed in competition, participating in sport builds skills that will help you achieve success in every area of your lives.”

The BC Summer Games concluded with the Closing Ceremony where athletes’ accomplishments were celebrated and coaches, officials and volunteers contributions were recognized. The BC Games flag was passed to Darren Snider, President of the Fort St. John 2020 BC Winter Games.