Kelowna's Quinci Birker won gold with Darby Dunn in women's beach volleyball at the Western Canada Summer Games.

Kelowna's Quinci Birker won gold with Darby Dunn in women's beach volleyball at the Western Canada Summer Games.

Beach medals for Birkers

Kelowna siblings each win medals at Western Canada Summer Games in Alberta

Kelowna’s Birker family will be bringing home some hardware from the Western Canada Summer Games in Fort McMurray, Alta.

Quinci Birker is celebrating a gold medal in beach volleyball, while brother Liam Birker earned a silver medal.

Quinci teamed up with Surrey’s Darby Dunn to win the women’s division on Monday, defeating Alberta handily in the final, 21-12 and 21-15.

Birker and Dunn had just finished watching their brothers—Liam Birker and Devon Dunn—who settled for second in the men’s event.

“We were a little nervous going into the game, especially watching our brothers,” admits Quinci.

“But we felt good, and played our game,” added Darby.

In the men’s final, Birker and Dunn succumbed to Alberta 21-13 and 21-19.

“Today we just didn’t have our best game,” admitted Liam Birker.

The bond between the families is evident with both sets of parents travelling to support their children in Fort McMurray.

The girls, Quinci and Darby, and the boys, Liam and Devon, have been playing together for several years despite living four hours apart.

 

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