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Chilliwack athletes dominate a summer games

Isabel Taylor (left) and her brother Rhys (right) prepare for the Nanaimo 2014 BC Summer Games in the Tamihi Rapids, July 3. - Greg Laychak
Isabel Taylor (left) and her brother Rhys (right) prepare for the Nanaimo 2014 BC Summer Games in the Tamihi Rapids, July 3.
— image credit: Greg Laychak

Chilliwack competitors made their way back from the 2014 Nanaimo BC Summer Games Sunday with a haul of 31 medals, representing 15 per cent of Fraser Valley’s total medal spoils.

That share contributed to the 207 medals—79 of which were gold—that pushed the Valley into first place, topping the rest of British Columbia’s divisions for the Games victory.

Local canoe/kayakers were relentless against the competition with brother-sister duos Maddison and Austin Atkins along with Rhys and Isabel Taylor securing 19 medals.

In many individual and team paddling events, the Chilliwack paddlers won by impressive margins.

Coming off of his Optimist golf tournament win the week before, Mitchell Thiessen continued his streak, helping the division team win gold in boys’ golf, and taking a silver for himself in individual play.

Marley Edwards helped the soccer team take gold, with fellow local boys Riley Folk and Dylan Janzen contributing to a softball silver, and Marcus Aubin winning second with his track team in the four-by-400-metre relay.

In girls’ basketball, Deanna Tuchsherer, Kate Stuart, and Jaya Bannerman played their part in earning the Fraser Valley gold.

Local equestrian Deseray Smith won gold overall with her zone team.

Swimmers Meghan Carmichael and Kara Wismer followed suit, winning first in the girls four-by-50-metre medley relay.

In both individual and team synchronized swimming events, Olivia Strickland took home a pair of silvers.

And Rowan Hamilton did the same in his efforts for the shot put and hammer throw competitions.

Nanaimo’s third BC Summer Games wrapped up Sunday with a closing ceremony featuring local music and dance talent.

• The next BC Games will be the 2016 Winter Games in Penticton.

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