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Team Bourchier/Wayling capture Pickleball Gold at BC Senior Games

The Nelson Daily Sports
By The Nelson Daily Sports
September 18th, 2022

Results are slowly trickling in from the BC Senior Games in Victoria with sisters from the West Kootenay Boundary Zone capturing center stage in Pickleball played on the campus of the University of Victoria.

Tanis Bourchier of Nelson and Christine Wayling of Castlegar combined to claim the Gold Medal in the Women’s 55-plus 3.0 Doubles competition.

The first-year players, originially from Rossland, blazed through the round robin undefeated before advancing to the final with a convincing victory.

In the final, the Bourchier/Wayling team fell behind 2-0 before taking over the match with six consecutive points en route to the Gold Medal.

Bourchier and Wayling are products of the Pickleball craze that has taken over the West Kootenay.

Thanks to former professional tennis player Tracy Bennet, who has been instrumental in increasing the involvement of the sport in the Nelson/Balfour area, Pickleball has seen a rise in participation during the past year.

Balfour Golfers Claim Medals

Jackie Little of Balfour ran away with the BC Senior Games Gold Medal in Ladies First Flight Golf Friday at the Arbutus Ridge Course in Mill Bay.

Little, finishing with a two-round total 151, won the Low Gross First Flight.

Roma Crispin, who finished with a 167 score, captured a Silver Medal for Low Net in First Flight while MaryAnn Gaschnitz claimed a Bronze in Low Net First Flight.

Gaschnitz carded a 36 hole score of 175 on the Arbutus Ridge and Cedar Hill courses.

West Kootenay 55-plus finish with Bronze

West Kootenay United won the bronze medal in the BC Senior Games 55-plus Men ‘s Soccer Friday at the Juan de Fuca Fields outside Victoria.

West Kootenay finished third in the round robin against teams from Vancouver Island South and Vancouver Island North.

Vancouver Island North won the Gold Medal with Vancouver Island South finishing with the Silver Medal.

West Kootenay Boundary Medal Roundup

  • Kathy Letham of Nelson teamed up with Wendy Nagasaka of Aldergrove to capture the Gold Medal in the Women’s 65-plus Badminton competition. Letham also won a Bronze in women’s 55-plus Singles.
  • The Kootenay Kings claimed the Bronze Medal in the Men’s 55-plus Hockey sport. The Kootenay Kings include Darrell MacKay, Dean Harrison, Doug Harrison and Simon Wheeldon of Nelson; Grant Simister, Bryan Deadmarsh and Terry Ferguson of Trail; Dean MacKinnon, Bill Alexander and Daryl Zibin of Castlegar; Richard Miller, David Weninger and Phil Cote of Rossland; and John Cathro of Kaslo.
  • The Kootenay Glaciers won Gold in Men’s Hockey 60-plus. The Kootenay Glaciers include, Jeff Townsend, Rhys Andrews, Glen Campbell, Allan Ceccon and Dale Donaldson of Castlegar; Danny Abenante and Robert Wasylkiw of Trail; Larry Bomak of Genelle; Mike Grace and Kyle Andrew of Nelson; Mark Kucher of Montrose; Glen McRae of Kaslo; Fred Paton of Salmo; Brent Petrick of Bonnington and Douglas Yee of Kaslo.
  • Joan Hooper won two Gold Medals in swimming — Women’s 85-plus 400-meter freestyle and 100-meter freestyle.
  • Steve Miller won Silver in Men’s 75-plus 100-meter freestyle.
  • Ian Dennis won a pair of medals — Silver in Men’s 55-plus Cycling Time Trial and Gold in Road Race.
  • Carol Currie won a pair of medals — Gold in Women’s 55-plus Cycling Road Race and Silver in Time Trial.
  • Sharisse Kyle won two Gold Medals — Women’s Cycling 60-plus Time Trial and Road Race.

About BC Senior Games

The BC Seniors Games Society is a volunteer based charitable organization responsible for the overall governance of the 55+ BC Games.  The Society operates under a volunteer board of directors with representatives from each of the 12 designated zones throughout the province.   

The province is divided into 12 zones responsible for recruiting members and registering participants for the Games.   

The Society relies on membership and registration fees, provincial sponsors and funding from the provincial government in order to operate and provide base funding to each host community.



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