Zone 3 (Fraser Valley) soccer players receive their gold medals from Nikki Turney of the Vancouver Whitecaps under-18 Elite team at Newton Athletic Park.

A successful Games

Chanell Botsis wins three gold medals, shows Athletic Excellence

After three days of athletic competition, thousands of the province’s best young athletes gathered at Holland Park Sunday afternoon for the closing ceremonies and to look back on a successful BC Summer Games in Surrey.

More than 2,300 athletes competed in over 20 sports, with 375 medals won by the representatives of the eight zones.

“These Games saw a number of records fall as B.C.’s best came together,” said BC Games Society president and CEO Kelly Mann at the closing ceremonies. “We are seeing an escalation in skills in several sports, and many of the young people who competed here are well on their way to becoming provincial level athletes.”

Zone 6 (Vancouver Island-Central Coast) topped the medal standings with 101, 38 of which were gold.

Zone 3 (Fraser Valley), which includes Surrey, was second in the overall tally, nine medals shy of top spot with 94. Fraser Valley athletes won 34 gold, 32 silver and 28 bronze medals.The three gold medals won by Coquitlam’s Chanell Botsis in discus, hammer throw and javelin earned the 14-year-old the W.R. Bennett Award for Athletic Excellence. Her throw in the javelin was 43.06m, a new BC Games record, bettering the old mark of  41.23.

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