Team BC success in Halifax
Three Gold medals on Friday helped push Team BC to second in the medal standings at the end of Week One of the 2011 Canada Winter Games in Halifax. The second week features Kootenay athletes.
The first snowboard event at the 2011 Canada Games faired well for the B.C. based snowboard athletes. The Parallel Giant Slalom (PGS) was held amidst gusting east coast winds at Martock Ski Area, Nova Scotia.
In the men’s event on Tuesday, Faro Burgoyn from Fairmont Hot Springs cruised through the qualification rounds. During the 16 man finals, Burgoyn was paired against Gregory Picard of Quebec. A rookie within the discipline of PGS, Burgoyn proved experience beyond his years with a strong win over Picard.
During the round of the final eight, he faced Sebastien Beaulieu also of Quebec. Experience took its toll, with Beaulieu edging out Burgoyn for the win. For his formidable efforts, Burgoyn left with a sixth place finish.
Adam Pitney from the Cranbrook Archery Club finished the first qualification round on Tuesday with a acore of 562 in seventh place.
Colin Adams of the Cranbrook Eagles Boxing Club met up with Bradley Wilcox from Hamilton, Ontario in the preliminary round for the 49-52 kg class. A three-time National Champion, Wilcox let his experience guide him in a 14-7 win.
Team BC has brought a dedicated team of 242 athletes, 74 coaches, 3 National Artists and 22 mission staff to the Games in Halifax. Approximately 2,700 athletes, coaches, managers and officials have come to the Games from every province and territory in Canada.