Photo by Kevin Bogetti-Smith

The first week of competition at the 2017 Canada Summer Games finished up Friday in Winnipeg. Team BC is sitting in second place in the medal standings with 26 gold medals, 26 silver medals, and nine bronze medals for a total of 61. Team Ontario is in first with 90 medals and Team Quebec is in third with 51.

Jerome Blake (Kelowna) – Two Gold and 1 Silver, Athletics

On being part of Team BC
“It’s always a pleasure to represent my province. It’s always a joy for me to come out here and represent BC. Everyone from BC is like family. They support each other no matter what.”
On being at the Canada Games
“It’s been great. It’s been a pleasure being here. The city of Winnipeg and the Province of Manitoba have hosted us very well. All of these volunteers leave their homes and families to come out here and help us out.”
Saturday is “turn-around day” with week one sports heading home and week two sports arriving in Winnipeg. Competition will resume on Monday, August 7 with Canoe Kayak, Road Cycling, Golf, Men’s Soccer, Women’s Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Indoor Volleyball (Men and Women) and Wrestling.

Highlights of the week:

  • 28 medals in Athletics (compared to 21 at the 2013 Canada Summer Games) including 14 gold, 11 silver, and 3 bronze
  • Jerome Blake (Kelowna) broke a Canada Games record in the 100m but, finished 0.002 seconds behind the photo finish winner. Blake won gold in the 200m and the 4x400m
  • Six medals in Triathlon including three gold medals for Desirae Ridenour (Cowichan Bay)
  • 14 medals for Rowing with a medal in every event for a total of five gold, eight silver, and one bronze
  • Six medals in Diving with Victoria’s Bryden Hattie leading the way with three silvers
  • Three medals in Mountain Bike including gold for the men’s relay team of Squamish athletes Holden Jones, Rhys Verner and Sean Fincham. Verner also won gold in the sprint race.
  • Beach Volleyball gold for the men’s team (Isaac Bevis and Jeff Webb – Nanaimo) and bronze for the women’s team (Quincy Birker-Kelowna and Darby Dunn-Langley)
  • Sailing silver in the single handed laser for John Owen (Victoria) and bronze in the double handed 29er
Medal standings

Contingent Gold Silver Bronze Total
 Ontario 35 25 30 90
 British Columbia 26 26 9 61
 Quebec 21 11 19 51
 Alberta 6 14 14 34
 Saskatchewan 4 7 9 20
 Manitoba 2 8 8 18
 Nova Scotia 2 7 6 15
 New Brunswick 3 2 3 8
 Newfoundland and Labrador 0 0 0 0
 Northwest Territories 0 0 0 0
 Nunavut 0 0 0 0
 Prince Edward Island 0 0 0 0
 Yukon 0 0 0 0