Bronson Schimdtke of Nelson was a triple-medal winner at the recent BC Summer Games in Prince George.
Schimdtke, a member of the Kootenay Towed Water Sports team, won three medals — two gold and one bronze — at the provincial competition.
Schimdtke won gold in Wakesurf and Wakeskate and a bronze medal in Wakeboard.
He was one of six members of the Kootenay Towed Water Sports team, which won 14 individual medals in total as well as the silver in the team competition for the Kootenay Zone.
“It was incredible to watch our team – both on and off the water – and I’m so proud of every single one of them,” says Coach Christine DuBois of Windermere.
“It speaks volumes for their skill and spirit when you consider they were the smallest team of the entire Province and managed to win silver in the team event. Prior to these games it was unknown whether Zone 1 has ever been represented at the BC Games in Towed Water Sports, but this team and their success will no doubt ensure our region continues to make its mark in future games.”
Vancouver Island-Central Coast won the overall team title with 142 medals, including 54 gold.
Vancouver-Coastal was second with 114 medals followed in third by Fraser Valley with 113.
Kootenay Zone finished seventh overall with 26 medals — 11 gold, eight silver and seven bronze.
“Prior to the games it was unknown whether Zone 1 has ever been represented at the BC Games in Towed Water Sports, but this team and their success will no doubt ensure our region continues to make its mark in future games.” Said DuBois, who was assisted by Lisa Schmidtke of Nelson as the team’s Athlete Support.
The BC Games is the only competition that brings athletes from both the Waterski and Wake sports together to compete at the same venue. Waterski consists of Slalom, Trick and Jump while Wake events included Wake Surf, Wake Board, and Wake Skate
- Erica Godsave (Cranbrook) Gold Slalom, Silver Jump, Silver Wakeskate, Silver team Event
- Reece Lawrick (Invermere/Windermere) - Bronze Wakeskate, Silver Team event
- Kaylee DuBois (Windermere)- Silver Trick Ski, Silver Wakesurf, Bronze Wakeboard
Silver team event
- Ryder Duczek (Cranbrook)- Gold Wakesurf, Gold Wakeskate, Silver team event
- Dagen Duczek (Cranbrook)- Silver Wakesurf, Bronze Wakeskate, Silver team event
- Bronson Schimdtke (Nelson)- Gold wakesurf, Gold Wakeskate, Bronze Wakeboard, Silver team event
“The athletes are permitted to choose any three events in wake and waterski to compete in at the Games,” adds DuBois.
"As we have many athletes that love all water-sports it was a great opportunity to show the diversity of their skills Waterski Wake Sports BC officiated the event that was held at Ness Lake approximately 20 min from the host city of Prince George.
The next Games will be held in the summer of 2024. If you have a Water Sports athlete (age 10-17 in 2024) that is interested in attending, please contact Christine DuBois at email@example.com.
The Kootenay Zone Towed Water Sport team, from left, Kaylee DuBois, Reece Lawrick, Bronson Schmidtke, Ryder Duczek, Erica Godsave, and Dagen Ducze, stood for a photo with medals at the closing ceremonies of the 2022 BC Summer Games in Prince George. — Submitted photo