Abbotsford athletes excel in Vernon

Abbotsford athletes excel in Vernon

Locals take home medals at 55 Plus BC Games event

Abbotsford athletes took home hardware at the 55 Plus BC Games in Vernon, which ran from Sept. 12 to 16.

The event saw more than 3,500 athletes compete in 27 different sports.

Abbotsford’s Harnek Toor continued his strong summer of athletic competition by earning six golds and one silver medal.

Toor cleaned up in the track and field competition, winning gold in men’s 70 to 74 discus, triple jump, shot put, hammer throw, weight throw and throws pentathlon.

He also earned silver in javelin.

Toor then went on to win another gold as part of the Fraser Valley men’s 65 to 69 4 X 100m powerwalk relay team.

Local swimmer Neil Reeder dominated in the pool, winning five golds and one silver in the men’s 65 to 69 age group.

Reeder won gold in 25 metres backstroke, 25 m breaststroke, 25 m butterfly, 25 m freestyle and 50 m breaststroke.

He scored silver in the 50 m freestyle.

Reeder also won gold as part of a Fraser Valley foursome in the 4 X 25 m freestyle relay.

Cyclist Sharon Mitchell also had a good showing in Vernon, with a pair of gold medals. She was tops in women’s 65 to 69 time trial and road race biking events.

Carny White was the only other local to win an individual gold, taking the top spot in women’s 75 to 79 golf.

Bowler William McCleary also earned a pair of silver medals, finishing second in two different categories for men’s 55 plus bowling.

Locals winning medals as part of a team at the event included: Lane Sweeting (silver, men’s 65 plus hockey); Al Dahlman/Dave Parkinson/John Russell (silver, men’s 75 plus hockey); Valerie McKay (bronze, women’s swimming 4 X 25 m); Jim Anderson/Douglas Carvey/Gary Gogal (bronze, men’s 65 plus curling; and Brian Watson (bronze, men’s 60 plus hockey).

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