For one whole week in Langley, it wasn’t Vancouver running an “Own the Podium” campaign, but a select few North Coast senior competitors.
Dawn Quast and a band of Haida Gwaii, Kitimat, Nass Valley, Terrace and Prince Rupert athletes brought home 28 medals, including 10 of the gold variety during the 2014 BC Seniors Games. It was good for ninth-place out of 13 teams in the overall province-wide regional standings.
Prince Rupert and Haida Gwaii contributed to six individual sport medals and numerous team and pairs achievements.
Quast brought home a silver medal in the women’s age 65-69 25-metre breaststroke and swam another silver medal race in the 400 metre freestyle event. Later, she’d collect a bronze medal in the 200m freestyle. She also placed seventh in the women’s 100-metre breaststroke and eighth in the 25-metre backstroke.
Quast’s teammate, Andrea Anderson claimed fifth-place in the women’s 65-69 100-metre freestyle and sixth-place in the 50-metre freestyle.
Fred Hutchings notched two gold medals as an outstanding marksman in archery in the men’s 60-64 target – longbow without sight and fingers with his other first-place finish coming in the men’s 3D longbow without sight and fingers.
Fellow strings and arrows compatriot and Rupert citizen Bob Bennett claimed his own hardware with a bronze medal in men’s archery 65-69 3D longbow without sight and fingers.
Jim Martin claimed fifth-place in the men’s 60-64 target – longbow without sight and fingers.
Sharon and Paul Paulson scored a bronze medal in cribbage and Anne Rachuk and Marion Weir collected a fifth-place finish in whisk while the floor curling Northwest team, including Tero and Sharon Paavola, Selma Standring and Ann Whittles, managed to claim fourth place with the “A” team.
Over 20 North Coast area athletes took part.