Gold for Gibson at the Western Canada Summer Games

The Abbotsford swimmer brought home five medals in five relay events with Team BC teammates.

Jessie Gibson of Abbotsford shows off her five medals — three gold

Swimmer Jessie Gibson of Abbotsford brought home a set of gold medals for the Team BC contingent at the Western Canada Summer Games, which wrapped up Sunday, Aug. 16.

Gibson earned three golds and two bronze in the five relay events she was in.

Gibson, with teammates Mackenzie Padington (Campbell River), Molly Gowans (Kamloops) and Megan Dalke (Kamloops), claimed the gold in the 4×200-metre freestyle relay, defeating second-place finishers Alberta by just over four seconds.

Gibson also claimed the top spot in the 4x50m freestyle relay with Padington, Wendy Yang (Burnaby) and Meredith Levorson (Coldstream).

The Abbotsford swimmer’s third gold came in the 4x100m freestyle relay with Padington, Levorson and Gowans on the second-last day of the tournament.

Gibson also claimed bronze in the 4x50m and 4x100m medley relays.

At this year’s Games in Wood Buffalo, Alta., the more than 300 B.C. athletes earned 134 gold, 86 silver and 61 bronze over 10 days of competition across 19 sporting events.

This year’s provincial contingent topped the medal count ahead of Alberta, which finished with 226 total medals and Manitoba at 144.

The 2015 medal count is an increase from the 255 medals won at the 2011 Western Canada Summer Games.

The next Games for Team BC are the 2017 Canada Summer Games in Winnipeg. The next Western Canada Summer Games will be held in Swift Current, Saskatchewan in 2019.

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