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Locals medal at B.C. 55+ games

Seven medals for Peace Country athletes in swimming, pickleball, and golf

Twenty Peace region athletes, some with medals around their necks, are returning home after competing in the B.C. 55+ Games last week in Greater Victoria.

While half the size of its 2019 group, Zone 12 Peace-Liard did earn seven top three finishes in the three days of competition.

Dawson Creek's Robin O'Reilly led the charge with a gold in the swimming pool finishing with a time of 1 minute, 36.54 seconds in the 100-metre freestyle in the women's 75-79 class.

Pickleballers Corey Jonsson and Dan Hogg from Fort St. John and Taylor, respectively, took gold in the mixed 3.0 doubles for the 55-64 age division.

Fort St. John's Andy Orcena and crossover partner Brian Dean from Quesnel took gold in 55-64 men's doubles darts.

Dean was added to Zone 12 with no doubles partner for Orcena from our region.

Bear Flat's Arlene Boon and Fort St. John's Corey Jonsson picked up a silver medal in 55-64 women's doubles 3.0 pickleball.

And on the links, Taylor's Ken Anderson earned silver in the low net category for men 55+ while Chetwynd's Carol Giesbrecht placed second for low gross in ladies 55-plus golf; Mark Haynes from Taylor added to the medal count with his bronze for low net score in men's 55-plus.

Peace-Liard finished the games, the first one held in three years, with three gold, three silver, and one bronze.

Next year's event will be held in Abbotsford.