Dragon boat paddlers quick to the finish line

Cowichan dragon boaters did well on ladies and mixed teams at the B.C. Seniors Games. - submitted
Cowichan dragon boaters did well on ladies and mixed teams at the B.C. Seniors Games.
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A group of energetic Cowichan Valley dragon boat paddlers represented Zone 1 well at the B.C. Seniors Games in Burnaby.

Combined with other paddlers from the south island, the locals were on teams that had been practicing all summer under the coaching guidance of the Gorging Dragons.

“Team members are very pleased with the outcome,’’ noted spokesperson Ellie Smith.

The mixed and ladies’ teams rode a great effort by everyone involved to the medal podium. The mixed team won gold and the ladies’ team received a silver medal.

In other events, five-time games participant Roger Walker of Duncan received two gold medals in men’s 60 to 64 archery for recurve unsighted in target and 3D shooting.

“There were only three in my category which is unfortunate,’’ said Walker.

“In the long-bow category, there’s more competition. You never know. It changes from year to year.’’

Next year will be more of a challenge, Walker said, with a very good shooter from Nanaimo moving into his age group.

Walker loves the spirit and the atmosphere of the games. “You see people you see only once a year or once every other year,’’ he said.

“It’s for the fun of it, just good times. It would be nice if we could get more competitors from the island.’’

Full team and individual results are on the B.C. Seniors Games website. Other athletes winning individual medals were: Morris Jenson (silver, golf), Ken Holman (gold, table tennis) and Deb Hayhoe (silver, tennis) all of Chemainus.

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