A quartet of local players helped Team B.C. to a gold medal in boys hockey at the Canada Winter Games.
West Kelowna’s Jackson Whistle and Luke Harrison, and Kelowna’s Ayrton Nikkel and Brennan Clark were part of B.C.’s 7-4 win over Quebec in the gold medal game Friday in Halifax.
Whistle, who plays for the Pursuit of Excellence program based in Winfield, was solid in goal in the championship game.
Nikkel, a defenceman, and Clark, a forward, also play with POE.
Harrison, a forward, is a member of the Okanagan Rockets of the B.C. Major Midget League.
Team B.C. started slowly, posting a 1-2 record in preliminary pool play.
But in the quarterfinals, B.C. beat Manitoba 4-2, then downed Ontario 5-2 in the semifinal round.
Kelowna’s Ali Banwell helped B.C. to a gold medal in speedskating competition in Halifax. Banwell, 17, joined two Kamloops skaters and one from Prince George to take first place in the long track female pursuit.
Banwell was also fifth in the 500, sixth in the 100, seventh in the 1000 and eighth in the 1,500.
Kelowna’s Jesse Keca won a silver medal as a member of B.C.’s 3000m female relay team.
Keca was also sixth in the 1000 and super 1500, and seventh in the 1500.
West Kelowna’s Julia Ransom reached the medal podium in biathlon competition at the Canada Wiinter Games.
Ransom, 17, won the bronze medal in the 7.5 km female sprint.
The Mt. Boucherie Secondary student also placed fourth in the 12.5 km individual and the 10 km pursuit.