By The Nelson Daily Sports
If this keeps up the West Kootenay Boundary Zone Six athletes will no doubt be challenging for top spot when the B.C. Seniors Games rolls into Trail/Castlegar/Nelson in August of 2011.
The zone shot up the medal standings like a rocket to record its best finish in years with a whopping 111 medals during the 2010 B.C. Seniors Games Sept. 15-18 in Comox and Campbell River.
Vancouver Island North won the overall title with 479 medals. In second was the team from the Fraser Valley followed in third by Lower Mainland. West Kootenay Boundary placed sixth overall.
Headlining the medal parade was the bowling team from the Savoy Lanes.
The team of Lola Swetlikoe, Audrey Kempin, Jack Parr, Effie Raines, Dawn Williams and spare Lorna Hamilton racked up the gold medal. Williams added a gold as high single at 267 and bronze for female high pins over average.
The team of Rene Forrest, Lee McNeill, Rusty Denny, Blaine Rains and Linc Vital won the team bronze. Lee McNeill added silver for female high pins over average and bronze for female high single over average. Rains won the silver for male high pins over average. Jack Parr captured the bronze for male high pins over average.
Marylee Banyard won a handful of medals in the pool, finishing the games with three bronze, two silver and a gold in women’s 75-79 individual medley.
Badminton star Roger Kerby won bronze in competitive singles while Clint Saunders captured the bronze in track and field, finishing third in men’s 70-74 javelin.
Wife Barb Saunders won four gold on the track while adding a silver medal in the women’s 70-74 200 meters. The gold medals came in 400, 800, 1500 and 5000 meter races.
Elizabeth Zemmels won a pair of silver medals in tennis.
Golfers Lee Waddell and Lorraine May each won gold in their respective age groups. George Forrest, John Kazakoff, John Van Loon and William Kalyniuk also won net gold medals on the links. Jim Mattice took home a bronze for his gross score.
On two wheels, B.C. Senior Games’ rookie Mike Adams won gold, silver and bronze while Olwyn Ringheim won a pair of gold medals in women’s 80-84 category.
The 2011 B.C. Seniors Games in the West Kootenay is scheduled for August 16-20.
Athletes 55 years and older compete in more than 25 sports from badminton to bocce and slo-pitch to snooker.