July 18,2014(ISN) – Nanaimo- The first full day of competition at the Nanaimo 2014 BC Summer Games is complete. Preliminary qualifiers for all team sports are underway leading towards the final rounds later this weekend. Medals were awarded in many of the individual competitions with great performances in on the track, in the pool, on the river and in the ring.
A lot of hardware was handed out at the Nanaimo Aquatic Centre this afternoon. Campbell River’s Cianna Dunn had a standout day, winning both Gold and Silver in her events. 13-year-old Austin Phillips from Kamloops took home a pair of Gold medals in the pool. Special Olympic athlete Amanda Schleppe from Okanagan Falls took home a full set of medals today and will compete for five more over the course of the weekend. Michael Mitchell won double Gold in 200m backstroke and 50m free. Nanaimo’s own Reid Della-Rosa took home a Gold and Silver before an excited hometown crowd.
Making a splash at the Beban Park Pool the synchronized swimming got underway today with the figures competition. Tier 2/3 winners were Julie Preston from Parksville, Gold; Jenna Krawchuk from Nanaimo, Silver and Kendall Stirrat from Vancouver, Bronze. In Tier 4/5 Figures; Claire Heir-Salvi from Burnaby was awarded Gold, Julia Palfryman from Vernon, Silver and Zara Herbert from Vancouver took home bronze.
Equestrian competition kicked off today at the Beban Park Equestrian Centre with four sets of medals being handed out in Dressage, Para-Dressage, Vaulting and Jumping. Daelen Cleugh from Duncan and his horse Victor took the Gold in Para-Dressage and Lea von Salzen from Victoria also took gold in Dressage with her horse Lady Londonberry. Casandra Lashmar and her horse Big Sky leaped their way to Gold in the Jumping Competition. After just a few months of training together, Hailey Down from Cloverdale took gold with her horse Tristen.
Vancouver Island heated up the track today at Rotary bowl, taking home a combined 3 Gold medals. Madison Heisterman from Nanaimo took home Gold in the 1200m race. Dominic Boar pole vaulted his way to Gold before a hometown crowd. Vancouver Island-Central Coast boy won Gold in the 4 x 400m relay. Members of the team include; Luke Armstrong from Duncan, Simon Morrison from Nanoose Bay, Jack Cooper from Victoria and Daniel Beaule from Comox rounded out the team.
It was all in the family for the Atkins sibling duo from Chilliwack, who paddled their way to the podium this afternoon at Nanaimo River. Austin Atkins took home two Gold medals in the C-1 and K-1 Slalom events. Sister Madison took home Gold in the K-1 and a bronze in C-1 on Long Lake this afternoon. Other top K-1 girls’ finishers were Isabel Taylor and Isabel Peters taking Silver and Bronze respectively.