It has been quite the golden week for Team BC athlete Benita Zhou (Vancouver). One can only dream of attending the 2019 Canada Winter Games and competing, add on top of that – three gold medals consisting of team event, doubles and most recently this afternoon – the singles gold.
Zhou defeated Ann Shiao of Ontario (3-1) in the final match in front of a packed crowd at Westerner Park. Zhou demonstrated confidence in adversity as Shiao made a comeback to take the second game. She kept her opponents momentum subdued, not allowing Ontario to go on any runs.
“I really tried to stay calm and take it one ball at a time. I didn’t want to get too nervous out there,” said Zhou of her gold medal performance in the singles event. “I really enjoyed the cheer section today. They kept me pumped up confident.”
The singles gold medal tops off a great week of competition at the 2019 Canada Winter Games for Zhou.
“I cannot believe I won three gold medals! I don’t know what to say I am just so excited, I don’t even believe it.”
Zhou finishes the 2019 Canada Winter Games as the only Team BC athlete in week one to win three gold medals.
GOLD – Table Tennis Female Team Event – with teammates Fiona Nie (Surrey) and Patrina Hui (Burnaby)
GOLD – Table Tennis Female Doubles – with partner Fiona Nie (Surrey)
GOLD – Table Tennis Female Singles