Quesnel athletes shine bright on the big stage

Quesnel Special Olympics made the city proud when they competed at nationals

RYAN GRAHAM

Observer Reporter

Quesnel Special Olympics made the city proud when they competed at nationals March 1 – 5 in Corner Brook, Newfoundland with all eight athletes coming back with at least one medal.

The results at nationals matched their performance at the Provincial Games in February 2015 in Kamloops, where the team of 12 athletes also won at least one medal each.

This year’s team included Cory Melnychuk in cross-country skiing, Cherie Swaan and Danny Dodgson in snowshoeing and the curling team of Glenda Melnychuk, Travis Burt, Martin Scriver, Dean Cake and Alfred Schotel. In snowshoeing Swaan finished fourth in the 100-metre, won silver in the 200-metre and also recorded a personal best time of 1:03.

Dodgson won bronze in the 100-metre with a time of 15.5 and won silver in the 200-metre finishing with a time of 33.20.

Cory finished fifth in the 500-metre and won bronze in the 100-metre in cross county. Quesnel’s Team BC Lightning(curling) won gold in the D division, winning all four of their games against Newfoundland, BC Islanders, Quebec and again the Islanders in the final.

The first game against the Islanders Quesnel was down 5-3 in the final end before Glenda delivered a crucial shot, as she took out the Islanders stone with her last rock, scoring three as Quesnel took the victory.

Against Quebec they scored three in the second last end to tie the game and then Glenda would make another decisive shot to win the game.

The finals saw both B.C. teams battle it out to see who would win bragging rights as the top team in B.C. and also to see who would end up going home with the gold.

Going into the final end Quesnel was up one and kept the pressure on the Islanders, as their skip would miss a critical shot which allowed Quesnel to win gold.

 

Just Posted

CRA promoting call-in income tax system

Canada Revenue Agency changes tax return process for those on fixed incomes

British Columbians will have input on poverty reduction

B.C. Poverty Reduction Strategy community meetings set to begin

Quesnel Kangaroos head into playoffs with home game

Roos will play Terrace at West Fraser Centre Saturday night

Today’s road conditions and weather report

Quesnel River Bridge under maintenance until 4a.m. tomorrow; falling rocks Spences Bridge to Jackass

UPDATE: Tsunami warning cancelled for coastal British Columbia

Warning issued following 7.9 earthquake off Kodiak, AK

Tsunami warnings 101: Canada

Here are some things to know about tsunami alerts in Canada and how they work

Andrew Scheer on trade, Trump and Trudeau

Canada’s Conservative leader begins three-day visit to B.C.

Victims restrained, sex toys and cash stolen from B.C. adult store

Armed suspects sought in adult store robbery

Vancouver Islanders ponder need for tsunami siren song

Alarm sounds in Port Alberni but not at the DND base in Esquimalt

Babcock, Goyette and Smyth honoured at Order of Hockey in Canada

Mike Babcock, from Saskatoon, guided the Detroit Red Wings to a Stanley Cup in 2008

Bell Canada alert prompts RCMP, privacy watchdog to probe data breach

Company spokesman: ‘Fewer than 100,000 customers were affected’

‘The tsunami alarm failed my household’: North Coast residents concerned over sirens, alerts

People living in northern communities share how they learned about Tuesday’s tsunami warning

Snowboarder dies at Vancouver Island ski resort

Death at Mount Washington Alpine Resort

Man faces 48 charges in string of random Toronto shootings

The string of unprovoked shootings began Jan.9, say police

Most Read