Chilliwack athletes a force at BC Winter Games
Chilliwack athletes contributed a fistful of hardware to a dominant Fraser Valley zone medal count at the BC Winter Games last weekend.
Zone 3, which drew on athletic talent from Hope to Port Moody, owned the podium with 104 medals, including 30 gold.
One of those gold medals came via the Fraser Valley zone’s girls hockey team, which swept through the tournament undefeated and beat Fraser River Delta (Zone 4) 3-2 in the gold-medal game Sunday with help from Chilliwack’s Ryann Allenby, Tamina Kehler and Kate Stuart.
In curling, Chilliwack’s Cailin Cooke and Everly Royea, were instrumental in Zone 3’s gold-medal victory led by skip Dezaray Hawes from Anmore.
The team dominated Zone Cariboo-North East (Zone 8) 8-1 in the final.
Two Chilliwack gymnasts also brought back a brace of medals for the Fraser Valley.
Brienna Gaspar captured gold all-around in Category 1 and gold on beam, while Ella Palmer won bronze all-around, bronze on vault and gold on floor.
In speedskating, Chilliwack’s Dominique Hawkenson won bronze in the 500 metres and the 1,500 metres among U16 girls.
Rebekah Clemons brought home three silvers, two in the U16 500 metres and one in the U16 3000-metre mixed relay.
In wheelchair basketball, meanwhile, Chilliwack’s Brad Hagkull coached Zone 3 to a gold medal, while his son Ben Hagkull helped Fraser River-Delta (Zone 4) win bronze.