Gold medal mark falls for Team B.C. at 2019 Canada Winter Games

Team B.C. established a new record for first place finishes and came within one of the podium record

Team B.C. athletes turned in a record-setting performance at the 2019 Canada Winter Games in Red Deer, Alberta.

Team B.C. collected 30 gold medals, eclipsing the 28 that were won at the 2011 Canada Winter Games in Nova Scotia.

Team B.C. collected 87 medals overall — 30 gold, 28 silver and 29 bronze — just one shy of the 88 Team B.C. athletes won at the 2015 Canada Winter Games in Prince George.

One of this year’s bronze medals came from the female hockey team which included Chilliwack’s Kate Klassen.

It was the first medal for Team B.C. in female hockey since the won silver in 1991.

Chilliwack’s Ben Hagkull competed in the wheelchair basketball competition, but his team finished outside the medals.

“What an incredible performance despite trying circumstances,” said Team BC Chef de Mission Jennifer Scott, referencing the frigid temperatures in Red Deer. “Our athletes and coaches pushed themselves to the limit to create outstanding performances for this province. I salute each and every one of them for their patience with organizers as they did what they could to provide the optimal competitive environment.”

Team B.C. was fourth in the overall medal count behind Quebec (146), Ontario (105) and Alberta (100).

Though British Columbia accounts for 13 per cent of Canada’s population, Team B.C. won 17 per cent of the medals at the Games.

“I am so proud of B.C.’s athletes, coaches and mission staff,” said Lisa Beare, Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture. “From curling to skiing to women’s hockey, it was an exhilarating and action-packed Winter Games filled with so many accomplishments, great stories and a record setting gold medal count.”

Beyond the field of play, Team B.C. athletes contributed to the Canada Games Legacy Mitts for Many project that supported the Mustard Seed organization in Red Deer.

Team B.C. donated over 600 pairs of mitts to the program.

The 2021 Canada Summer Games will take place in Niagara, Ontario.

Just Posted

Harrison Festival fundraiser dance to have ’70s theme and features Chilliwack band

Chilliwack band The Vacationers to perform at May 31 Harrison Festival Society’s fundraising concert

Seven Days in Chilliwack

A list of community events happening in Chilliwack from May 26 to June 2

Seabird Island opens 50th annual festival

The weekend festival will see First Nations teams compete in soccer, three-pitch and canoe races

Chilliwack school district estimates costs of tampons, pads at $22,500 annually

Free menstrual products to be provided in washrooms and medical rooms by end of 2019

Police find loaded rifle in car of ‘prolific offender’ prohibited from driving

Tyler Houle of Abbotsford arrested Wednesday in Chilliwack

Police say it’s “impressive” no arrests were made after Raptors celebrations

Toronto will play the Western Conference champion Golden State Warriors next

Semis catch fire at wrecker off Highway 1 in west Abbotsford

Crews called to scene at around 2 p.m., finding up to six semis that had caught fire at the wrecker

Social media giants in hot seat as politicians consider regulations in Ottawa

Committee members will also grill representatives from Facebook, Twitter

Wildfire crews watching for dangerous wind shift in High Level, Alta.

The Chuckegg Creek fire is raging out of control about three kilometres southwest of the town

UN urges Canada to take more vulnerable Mexican migrants from Central America

The request comes as the United States takes a harder line on its Mexican border

Mistrial declared in Jamie Bacon murder plot trial

Bacon was on trial for counselling to commit the murder of Person X

B.C. VIEWS: Money-laundering melodrama made for TV

Public inquiry staged to point fingers before 2021 election

Canadian homebuyers escaping high housing costs by moving to secondary cities

In British Columbia, exurbs have grown in the Hope Valley and Kamloops

Most Read