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Local athletes finish in the medals at BC Winter Games

The Nelson Daily Sports
By The Nelson Daily Sports
February 28th, 2018

A trio of Glacier gymnasts did not let the bright lights of 2018 BC Winter Games bother them as the athletes won medals this past weekend in Kamloops.

Brianne Stefani, Dafni van Hellemond and Eden Bellman returned from the provincial competition capturing medals in their respective events.

Stefani won a gold medal in Level 8 in the floor category while Hellemond, competing in Level 7, claimed a gold medal on the vault and silver on floor.

Bellman won the bronze medal in Level 7 beam.

Jonathan Michalchuk of Nelson also capture bronze medal in Boy’s Slopestyle Snowboarding. Michalchuk finished tenth in Boy’s Snowboard Cross.

More than 1200 athletes competed in 19 sports at venues throughout Kamloops and Sun Peaks Ski Resort.

In other local results:

Downhill Skiing-Alpine

  • Kian Lessard, 37th Giant Slalom Single Run Boys
  • Cameron Bibby-Fox, 29th Giant Slalom 2-Run Boys
  • Lucy Leishman 26th Giant Slalom 2-Run Girls
  • Narayani Shapovalova 42nd Giant Slalom 2-Run Girls

Ski-Cross Country

  • Felix Baron 13th Individual Sprint Juvenile Boys 500m and 12th Interval Start Juvenile Boys 5 km
  • Sabien Edney sixth, individual Sprint Juvenile Girls 500m and eighth Interval Start Juvenile Girls 5 km
  • Tess Nuttall ninth individual Sprint Juvenile Girls 500m and sixth Interval Start Juvenile Girls 5km

Speed Skating

  • Berend Platje 12th Boys U14 400m (Race 1); 12th U14 200m; eighth U14 400m (Race 2); 11th U14 2000m Points Race and DNF U14 Super 1500m.


  • Roman Ruediger Fancy, ninth C Group Boys 1 metre

Vancouver Coastal won the team title with 128 medals — 43 gold, 42 silver and 43 bronze. Second was Fraser Valley at 95 while Thompson-Okanagan was third with 90.

Kootenays finished seven overall.

Kamloops hosted the inaugural BC Winter Games in 1979. Twenty-nine years later, the city rallied 1,800 volunteers to support more than 1,200 athletes, 340 coaches and 200 officials. Nineteen different sports were staged at venues throughout the city and at Sun Peaks ski resort. The Games will have a positive and lasting impact on the City of Kamloops, with an estimated local economic impact of $1.6 million.

The 2018 BC Summer Games will take place in the Cowichan Valley from July 19-22.

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