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Local seniors do themselves and town proud by winning medals at B.C. Senior Games in Kamloops
A group of talented seniors from Osoyoos returned home with an impressive collection of gold, silver and bronze medals hanging from their necks after doing themselves and the town proud at the B.C. Senior Games, held in Kamloops last week.
Bowlers Pat Krieger and John Zupan each captured gold medals, while the Osoyoos team they were part of finished fourth at the games.
Cliff Young, who returned to the sport of archery last year after not holding a bow or firing an arrow for more than 35 years, was outstanding winning two gold medals in his age division and finishing third overall against competitors much younger than himself.
On the links, local golfers Dianne Hughes and Stephanie Goy captured gold medals in their respective age divisions, while Anna Kole captured a bronze medal in her division.
All three of these ladies competed in last year’s B.C. Senior Games and captured the same medals in their respective divisions.
Ethel Van Duzee, 91, was honoured with a special medal by organizers for participating in the senior games and proudly representing her community.
Krieger, 68, first took up bowling about 35 years ago but didn’t play for many years before returning to the sport five years ago.
John Zupan collected a gold medal for pins over average in a single game and a bronze medal in men’s high single game.
Krieger brought home a gold medal for ladies high single game (293), a silver in pins over average in a single game and a bronze in the six-game aggregate of pins over average
This was her third time competing in the B.C. Senior Games.
Zupan, 87, has been bowling in Osoyoos since they built Kobau Lanes back in the mid-1970s.
Zupan captured his gold medal for most pins overage average and a bronze medal for high triple.
Competing against seniors from across the province is fun and exciting, said Krieger.
“There were almost 3,700 competitors there and it was just an awesome event once again this year,” she said. “These games are all about camaraderie and meeting new people and it also shows that there are still a lot of seniors out there who are active and competitive and can still play well in their favourite sports.”
“It’s a lot of fun and I had a great time,” he said. “The facilities in Kamloops were just fantastic and it was nice to meet fellow bowlers from all across the province.”
Krieger and Zupan were joined by teammates Irene Covey, Evie New, Gladys Baryla and Karen Meskas in the team competition, finishing fourth in the B Division out of 12 zones.
Young, 72, captured a gold medal in traditional target shooting as well as in 3-D shooting, where archers shoot arrows at full-sized stuffed animal targets.
What he’s most proud of is finishing third overall in both divisions against competitors as young as 55, said Young.
“When I counted up my scores and compared them against all of the competitors, I finished third in both divisions, which I’m rather proud of,” he said. “All in all, it was a very good shoot and I’m really glad I went up there and competed.
“It was very well organized and there were a lot of good shooters, so I will definitely compete in the senior games again in the future.”
Young is looking forward to competing in the World Senior Games, set for St. George Utah the second week in October.
He plans on putting in a lot of practice in the next month or so to get ready to show his skills against the best senior archers in the world.
The three ladies who captured medals on the golf course said they had a blast in Kamloops.
“I didn’t play great, but I obviously played well enough to win gold, so I’m pretty happy,” said Goy. “I’ve only really started taking golf a little more seriously lately and it’s nice to play in a great event like this against other ladies my age.”
Hughes said winning gold for the second-consecutive year is something she’s proud of.
“I’ve played better and I’ve played worse, but it was nice to play another nice course and see how you do against the competition,” she said. “It’s all about competing and having a good time and the ladies from Osoyoos certainly did that.”
All of the Osoyoos competitors thanked local organizer Ingrid Nicholson for putting in long hours to organize the trip to Kamloops.