Opening ceremonies for the 2020 BC Winter Games in Fort St. John on Feb. 21, 2020. (BC Games Society/Flickr)

Langley athletes harvest medals at BC Winter Games

Skaters and gymnasts take top honours

Langley skaters and gymnasts are returning from the 2020 BC Winter Games with medals.

Preliminary results show Langley Gymnastics Foundation athlete Aiden Gonzalez had a very good Games, taking all-around gold in the male L3 category, as well as silver in high bars, gold in parallel bars and silver on pommel horse.

Gonzalez was also a member of the Fraser Valley team that took male L3 gold, along with fellow Langley gymnast Parker Thomlinson and Abbotsford’s Jonathan Ko and Hayden Isfeld.

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Langley’s April Brownlee took three bronze in gymnastics, women beam, women floor and uneven bars

Katla Halliday, a former gold medal winner who is no stranger to the podium, took bronze in figure skating in pre-novice women.

Bronze in speed skating, boy’s short track 3,000 metres, was shared by the three-member Fraser Valley team of Langley skaters Theory Havelka and Mattias Daniels with Mission’s Arthur Barnsdale.

Langley’s Amy Wheatcroft and Savannah Miley were on the girls bronze medal winning curling team.

Karate competitors Abhi Maheswaran, Ayush Narayanaswamy, Elias Ogbes, Jeff Ruszel Prado were on the bronze-medal-winning boys team kumite.

On the girls team kumite karate bronze-winning team were Langley’s Denisa Bukovska, Annabella Rose Thompson-Morin (Aldergrove) and Adriana Zhao.

Annabella Rose Thompson-Morin won bronze in karate kumite intermediate open weight girls category.

Boys team kata karate bronze went to the Langley line-up of Matthew Lino Ciuffreda, Ayush Narayanaswamy, Elias Ogbes, and Abhi Maheswaran.

Over 1,000 athletes competed in 15 sports at venues throughout Fort St. John and the North Peace Regional District.

“Congratulations to everyone who participated in the 2020 BC Winter Games” said Lisa Beare, minister of tourism, arts and culture.

“Your achievements and spirit have inspired so many of us across the province. “

Participants will leave the BC Games with new friendships, “with successes, and with a new a determination to chase a dream that is truly within their grasp,” said Alison Noble, President and CEO of the BC Games Society. “We look forward to seeing the future success of these athletes, coaches, and officials who performed so well this weekend.”

At the closing ceremony, the BC Games flag was passed to Mike Keenan, President of the Maple Ridge 2020 BC Summer Games that will take place July 23-26.

Full results and photos can be found at www.bcgames.org.

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