Team BC had a successful Day 12 at the Niagara 2022 Canada Summer Games with another 2 gold medals, 3 silver medals, and 3 bronze medals to bring the total medal count for the team to 83.
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Day 12 Highlights:
- Team BC secured medals in athletics, diving, and canoe kayak events
- Lauren Kim’s opening round 5-under 67 sets the new low single-round score for a female at the Canada Games
- All of BC’s rowing team members qualified for a spot in the medal heats
- The BC men’s box lacrosse team was victorious over Nova Scotia
- BC’s men’s softball team was one for one in Wednesday’s games
- The BC men’s volleyball dropped their match against Saskatchewan, while the women’s picked up a win over Saskatchewan
At Canada Games Park on Wednesday, Team BC athletics athletes brought home a total of four medals for the province.
Special Olympics Athletics had heats for the 200m race. BC Athletes Jesse Thibeault (Surrey), Thomas Rak (Surrey), and Olivia Neuman (Cloverdale) all advanced to Saturday’s A final. April Armstrong will race in the B final. In Para athletics, today’s only event was the 1500m wheelchair race. Leo Sammarelli (T54) (Vancouver) spent the first of four laps testing the pace of the field before moving to the front of the pack in the second. He quickly broke away and led the race easily for the final two laps, crossing the line in first place and claiming the Gold medal almost six seconds ahead of the second place finisher.
“We’ve had great support from Team BC and BC Wheelchair sports,” said Sammarelli. “I came in there with a strategy and we executed it perfectly.”
Cole Dinsdale (Quesnel) won the Gold medal in the men’s 3000m Steeplechase event with a time of 9:06.68. Maya Kobylanski (Surrey) took the Silver medal in the women’s 3000m Steeplechase with a time of 10:21.01
“The plan was to let somebody else lead for a little bit but I took it over after a couple laps. I wanted to control the rest of the race and executed it pretty well,” said Dinsdale.
“The race went how I expected. I controlled the pace I knew I could sustain and finished strong,” said Kobylankski.
In the women’s high jump, the Bronze medal was awarded to Trinity Hansma (Armstrong) after clearing a height of 1.74m.
Athletics High Jump (F) - Trinity Hansma - BRONZE - 1.74m
Athletics 3000m Steeplechase (F) - Maya Kobylanski - SILVER - 10:21.01
Athletics 3000m Steeplechase (M) - Cole Dinsdale - GOLD - 9:06.68
Athletics 200m Special Olympics (M) Heat 2 - Jesse Thibeault - 24.77 - 2nd - to Final A
Athletics 200m Special Olympics (M) Heat 2 - Thomas Rak - 25.31 - 3rd - to Final A
Athletics 200m Special Olympics (F) Heat 2 - Olivia Neuman - 32.53 - 3rd - to Final A
Athletics 200m Special Olympics (F) Heat 2 - April Armstrong - 35.07 - 5th - to Final B
Athletics 1500m Wheelchair (M) Final - Leo Sammarelli (T54) - 4:29.39 - GOLD
Athletics 1500m Wheelchair (M) Final - Paul Guerrero (T53) - 5:13.04 - 6th
BC athletes captured two medals in Canoe Kayak events on Wednesday at the Welland International Flatwater Centre. Cassidy MacPherson (Maple Ridge) won a Silver medal in the women’s 1000m kayak event, and Veronica So (Vancouver) won a Bronze medal in the women’s 1000m canoe event. So qualified for the medal heat after finishing first in her qualification heat.
"I focused on myself and what I needed to do to race my best regardless of where I was compared to everyone else," said MacPherson. "Doing that helped me stick to my race plan no matter what and not panic if someone got ahead of me off the start."
Canoe Kayak K1 1000m (F) - Cassidy MacPherson - SILVER - 4:10.128
Canoe Kayak C1 1000m (F) - Veronica So - BRONZE - 4:46.540
In the men’s 3m springboard preliminary round after five dives, BC’s Mattias Frohloff’s (Surrey) score of 228.70 was enough for 12th place and a spot in the evening’s final. He improved his results there, with a final standing of ninth place.
In the women’s platform preliminary round, Michelle McLeod (Spruce Grove, Alberta) was dominant from start to finish, holding on to the top spot through all five dives. Kayden Hayes finished fifth in qualifying to join McLeod in the finals.
Through five rounds of finals, both BC divers were strong and consistent, maintaining a hold on second and third place right until the end behind a very strong Quebec diver. The final result was a score of 277.65 and a Silver medal for Michelle Mcleod, and 239.95 and a Bronze medal for Kayden Hayes.
Diving Platform (F) - Michelle McLeod - SILVER - 277.65
Diving Platform (F) - Kayden Hayes - BRONZE - 239.95
After one round of women’s individual golf play at Legends on the Niagara, Lauren Kim (Surrey) is in the lead with 5 under par with 67 strokes, Tina Jiang (Richmond) is tied for second in the same event with 3 under par with 69 strokes, three strokes ahead of the competitor who is currently in third.
“I think I was very patient on the back nine”, said Tina Jiang on her performance. “Hopefully I am going to drop some more puts and keep taking it one shot at a time."
Kim’s opening round 5-under 67 sets the new low single-round score for a female at the Canada Games.
On the men’s side, Ethan Posthumus (Coquitlam) is in a three-way tie for first with 2 under par with 70 strokes, one stroke behind the two golfers tied for second place. Cooper Humphreys (Kelowna/Vernon) is in fourth position with 1 over par with 73 strokes, one stroke ahead of fifth place.
In team competition, Team BC is leading the group with a combined score of 7 below par, 4 strokes ahead of Saskatchewan who is currently in second place.
Golf will continue with round 2 action on Thursday.
Team BC was ready from the opening faceoff and dominated Nova Scotia with a 10-3 victory at Canada Games Park to move to 1-1 in the event.
Jared Maznik (Ladner) led the way on offence with 3 goals and 3 assists, Nathan Chalmers (Coquitlam) had a hat-trick as well while Nolan Ross (Port Coquitlam) added 2 goals and 2 assists. Aidan McDonald and Jordan Reed (Coquitlam) rounded out the scoring as Arjun Gill (Burnaby) made 29 saves.
Box Lacrosse (M) vs Nova Scotia - 10-3 Win
At the Royal Canadian Henley Rowing Course, the entire BC rowing team was successful in their quest to qualify for the medal heats.
In the women’s Single Scull, BC’s Ehren Paterson (North Vancouver) after failing to qualify for the medal heat in the qualification heat, he placed first in the repechage heat with a time of 8:41.87 to return to medal contention.
The British Columbian pair of Jesse Harold (Nelson) and Liam Hodgins (Victoria) qualified for the medal heat for the men’s pair rowing after finishing first in their qualification heat with a time of 7:09.10.
The BC women’s Quadruple Sculls rowing team qualified for the medal heat after placing in their qualification heat with a time of 7:05.03 just behind Team Ontario.
Team BC’s men’s Eight with Coxswain rowing finished first in their qualification heat with a time of 5:54.11 earning them a spot in the medal heat on Saturday.
Meghan Camplin (Fenwick, Ontario) and Ehren Paterson (North Vancouver) of BC took top place in their qualification heat with a time of 7:53.07 to secure a spot in the medal heat.
Only one race for each sailing event was completed on Wednesday at the Niagara on the Lake Sailing Club due to wind conditions. A total of eight races per event will take place in order to determine the medallists.
BC’s Victoria Coady (Coquitlam) is currently in second place in the women’s Single Handed Laser Radial. In the men’s Single Handed Laser event, Tim Mendham (West Vancouver) is currently placed fourth.
“It was a good day,” said Tim Mendham. “A few things didn’t go to plan, but we moved on and put it behind us.”
The pair of Jessica Hirschbold (Victoria) and Grace Poole (Victoria) of Team BC are currently in first place in the women’s Double Handed 29er event. On the men’s side, Colin Gilley (Vancouver) and Matt Young (Vancouver) are also at the top of their event.
“The first day of racing was challenging, but overall [there were] some great outcomes from our BC sailors,” said coach Hannah Stevens. “Each fleet got one race in and we are still on the medal hunt going into tomorrow. We are ready to rest and prepare for competition tomorrow.”
Team BC scored the first two runs of the game but it wasn’t meant to be as the home team Ontario stormed back to take a commanding 9-2 victory in the noon game at Southward Community Park. Derian Potskin (Prince George) hit a 2-run home run - his first at these Games.
During the dinner time match against Manitoba, it was Potskin again with the offence as he picked up a grand slam home run at the top of the third inning to extend the lead. Nate Thiessen (Surrey) threw all 5 innings, allowing just 2 hits and striking out 11.
“I was in a one-two count and I was thinking get a piece of this ball and hopefully driving some runners and got a little bit more of it than I thought I would,” said Derian Potskin about his two home runs.
Softball (M) vs Ontario - 9-2 Loss (5 innings)
Softball (M) vs Manitoba - 7-0 Win (5 innings)
In women’s volleyball, Team BC picked up their second win on Wednesday, this time against Saskatchewan in five sets after coming back from a 2 set to 1 deficit. They will go up against Alberta on Thursday morning to battle for top place in the pool.
The Team BC Men’s lost their second preliminary match against Saskatchewan 3 sets - 0 and are now in third place in their pool. They will play their final preliminary round match against Alberta on Thursday.
Volleyball (F) vs Saskatchewan - 3-2 Win (25-19, 20-25, 17-25, 25-17, 15-12)
Volleyball (M) vs Saskatchewan - 3-0 Loss (18-25, 21-25, 25-27)
Schedule for August 18 (Day 13)
9:00 Canoe/Kayak - Heats - Welland Flatwater Centre
9:00 Golf - Round 2 - Legends on the Niagara
9:00 Rowing - Qualification Heats - Royal Canadian Henley Rowing Course
9:00 Volleyball (M) - vs Alberta (M) - Canada Games Park
9:30 Diving - 3m Women Preliminaries - Etobicoke Olympium
10:00 Cycling - Women’s Road Race - Town of Pelham-Fonthill
11:00 Sailing - Finals - Niagara-on-the-Lake Sailing Club
11:00 Volleyball (W) - vs Alberta - Canada Games Park
12:30 Diving - Men's Platform Preliminaries - Etobicoke Olympium
13:15 Softball - vs New Brunswick - Southward Community Park
13:30 Canoe/Kayak - Finals - Welland Flatwater Centre
13:30 Rowing - Repechage Heats - Royal Canadian Henley Rowing Course
14:00 Box Lacrosse - vs Alberta - Canada Games Park
14:30 Cycling - Men’s Road Race - Town of Pelham-Fonthill
15:40 Diving - Women’s 3m Final - Etobicoke Olympium
16:30 Softball - vs Alberta - Southward Community Park
17:10 Diving - Men's Platform Final - Etobicoke Olympium
19:30 Soccer (W) - vs Quebec - Youngs Sportsplex