West Kelowna's Francis Stanley was a triple gold medal winner at the Special Olympics Canada national winter games last week in Cornerbrook

Kelowna Special Olympians show well at nationals

Central Okanagan athletes win 15 medals at Canadian Special O Games in Newfoundland

Kelowna and area athletes made their presence known in Cornerbook, Newfoundland earlier this month, bringing home plenty of hardware from the Special Olympics Canada Winter Games.

Nine Central Okanagan competitors captured a total of 15 medals in four sports.

Four coaches and one mission staff member also made the trip to Atlantic Canada for the annual national competition, March 1 to 5.

The results for local athletes were:

• Alpine skiing

Kelsey Wyse—Intermediate GS 6th, slalom 4th, super G 5th

• Cross-Country Skiing

Francis Stanley—three gold medals in 1KM Classic, 2.5KM Classic and 10KM Freestyle.

Katarina Gerhardt—silver 1KM Classic, bronze 2.5KM Classic and 7th 500M Classic

Kirk Gawryluk—silver 2.5KM Classic, 4th 5KM Classic and 5th 1KM Classic

Neil Melesko—silver 2.5KM Classic, bronze 5KM Classic and 4th 7.5KM Classic

Tracey Melesko—gold 5KM Classic, silver 1KM and 2.5KM Classic

Justin Segal—from Vernon, but trains with Kelowna athletes won one gold and one silver

• Floor Hockey

Chris Harrington and Richard Gillis—silver with B.C Vipers floor hockey team

• Snowshoeing

Tony Wilkinson—gold 100M, silver 200M and 400M

• Coaches

Garth Vickers, head coach, cross-country skiing; Annabel Stanley, cross-country skiing; Joanne March, cross-country skiing; and David Wilkinson, snowshoeing.

• Mission Staff

Leslie Thornley, Chef de Mission, SOBC Manager, Sport.



Just Posted

VIDEO: Kelowna Rockets look to leave Kamloops Blazers in the smoke

The season home opener takes place Friday night

UBC Okanagan professor tasked with increasing diversity in science

Westcoast Women in Engineering, Science and Technology names new associate chair

West Kelowna begin flushing Lakeview Water System

Water service will not be interrupted but boil water notices will be in effect

Prospera Place gives credit union members a break on parking

Prospera Credit Union members will receive $2 off event parking

Growing Okanagan tech sector hailed in new report

Study shows sector employees 12, 474 workers and is worth $1.67 billion to regional economy

Pavement Patty slows drivers near Rutland Elementary

New survey reveals unsafe school zones during 2018 back-to-school week

Horvat leads Canucks to 4-3 shootout victory over Kings

Vancouver dumps L.A. in NHL pre-season contest

Update: Search called off for missing plane between Edmonton and Chilliwack

Search efforts were concentrated along the Highway 5 corridor between Valemount and Kamloops

Why Whistler for ski jumping in 2026? Calgary proposal gets pushback

Calgary 2026 proposes re-using the 2010 ski jumping venue Whistler for that sport and nordic

VIDEO: Hundreds line highway as family brings home body of B.C. teen

Northern B.C. showed their support by lining Hwy 16 as Jessica Patrick’s body returned to Smithers.

Despite progress, threat of 232 tariffs dominates NAFTA negotiations

Any deal is seen to require congressional approval before Dec. 1 to survive new Mexican government

B.C. MP Todd Doherty receives award for saving man who collapsed on a plane

Conservative MP was flying from Vancouver to Prince George, B.C., in June last year

Alleged border jumper from Oregon facing 2 charges after police chase in B.C.

Colin Patrick Wilson charged with dangerous operation of motor vehicle, flight from a peace officer

More than 35 B.C. mayors elected without contest

No other candidates for mayor in the upcoming local election in 22 per cent of B.C. cities

Most Read