Richmond athletes stood tall at the 2018 BC Winter Games which wrapped up Sunday in Kamloops.
Richmond Special Olympians Nicky Chow, David Swan, Andrew Weale, Colin Yee, Brayden Pawer and Vincent Li were on top of their games to help power the Zone 5 team to gold in Special Olympics basketball. And in Special Olympics’ figure skating, Richmond’s Matthew Lai medalled in level 3 men’s competition. The Richmond Ravens Special Olympians (featuring the same group of basketball players that represented Richmond on the Zone 5 team in Kamloops) will play at the March Madness basketball tournament this weekend on the North Shore.
In other competition at the BC Winter Games, which featured over 1200 athletes in 19 sports, local speed skater Lan-Vi Nguyen earned four medals. That included a silver medal in the under-14 girls’ 4,000-metre race, and bronze medals in the 400 metres, 2,000-metre points race, and super 1,500 metres.
Charlton Tan won a pair of gold medals in archery, topping the boys’ match play and two-day aggregate.
In figure skating, Ellie Cheung finished second in the juvenile women’s final and David Li third in the pre-novice event, while in karate Vikrant Anandkumar topped the field with two gold medals in the boys’ advanced kata competition. The Zone 5 kumite boys’ team also earned gold.
In gymnastics, Russell Woodward won the level 3 men’s rings event, added silver in the all-around and on parallel bars. Teammate and fellow Richmond athlete Lucas Liu was second in the level 3 men’s rings competition. The Zone 5 gymnastics team combined for second place in the level 3 men’s category.
Richmond athletes also contributed to team wins in boys’ curling and in badminton, where Zone 5 topped the girls’ and mixed doubles events and placed third in boys’ doubles.
The Games bring together the province’s top emerging high performance athletes in an important development opportunity, and stepping stone towards higher level sports competitions.