Okanagan has strong showing at Senior Games

Athletes from Penticton, Okanagan Falls, Oliver and Osoyoos medal at Senior Games

Okanagan-Similkameen Zone 5 placed sixth in the overall medal standings during the B.C. Senior Games Aug. 20 to 24  in Kamloops. The zone finished with 90 gold, 68 silver and 35 bronze.

From Penticton, David Balfour won gold medals in the 100-m backstroke, 25-m backstroke, 25-m freestyle and 50-m backstroke in the men’s 70 to 74 age group. He also earned bronze in the 50-m freestyle.

From Okanagan Falls, Russ Ashton earned silver in the men’s 55 to 64 singles darts, while Betty Pilon also earned silver in 55 to 64 singles.

From Oliver, Kirk Harkness won gold in golf in the 55 to 59 age group, while Mary Lou Harkness took silver. In track and field, Larry Chalmers earned bronze in the men’s 80 to 84 200-metre distance, as well as silver in the long jump, triple jump and hammer throw. Ron Ostermeier won gold in archery in target-compound with sight and release as well as 3D compound with sight and release.

From Osoyoos, John Zupan took bronze in the 55-plus high single scratch in five-pin bowling and gold in the high singles points over average, while Patricia Krieger won gold in the 55-plus high single scratch, silver in the first six games points over average and bronze in 55-plus high singles points over average. In golf, Anna Kole earned bronze in the 60 to 64 age group, while Dianne Hughes and Stephanie Goy won gold in the 65 to 69 and 80-plus age groups, respectively. Cliff Young won gold in archery in target recurve sight and fingers and 3D recurve sight and fingers.