Wednesday, March 1, 2023
Judo led the way with five medals on the first day of their competition at the PEI 2023 Canada Winter Games as Team BC picked up a total of 14 medals on day 12, including six gold. BC remains second in the medal standings with 73 heading into the fourth-last day of action.
Team BC Today
- Alpine Ski: Alpine continued to have success at Crabbe Mountain in New Brunswick on Wednesday, bringing home a gold in the giant slalom female event and a silver and a bronze in the giant slalom para male event.
- Archery: Wednesday featured qualifying competition in archery. Eliana Stein (Falkland) and Emily Kae Yun Yen (Vancouver) both finished the day third in qualifying for female compound and recurve, respectively, while teammate Jamison Hui (Vancouver) sits third in male recurve after round one.
- Badminton: BC won a quarterfinals in women’s singles and male doubles action on Wednesday before falling in the semis. Team BC will play for a pair of bronze medals on Thursday and is guaranteed at least one, with the male doubles teams facing off against each other in the third-place game.
- Boxing: BC went 1-2 in boxing action on Wednesday as Kailash Raju (Pitt Meadows) won by unanimous decision over Nova Scotia’s Riley Snow in his 75 kg quarterfinal.
- Cross Country Ski: It was a strong day in para nordic for BC, including gold medals in the male sprint sitting and 1.2km standing events, and a silver in the sprint sitting event.
- Curling (M): In men’s curling team play, BC added a third win beating Northwest Territories 8-4, to remain undefeated in pool play at 3-0.
- Curling (X): BC’s mixed doubles curling team continued its strong start with two victories today, 6-2 over Saskatchewan and 5-3 over Newfoundland and Labrador. BC’s duo is undefeated in pool play so far with three wins.
- Fencing: It was another two-medal day for fencing, including the first gold medal of the Games for BC. Danise Leung (Vancouver) won gold in the female foil event while Yuchen Zhu (Vancouver) won silver in the male sabre event.
- Figure Skating: Tin-Yee Ho (Vancouver) won BC’s first figure skating medal at the PEI 2023 Canada Winter Games, taking home silver in the special olympics level II event.
- Hockey (F): Three games, three wins for BC as they head into the Quarterfinals on Friday with a 3-0 record and the top spot in Pool B. Wednesday saw BC defeat the second-best team in their group, Quebec, 2-1 to maintain their perfect record.
- Judo: The first day of judo at the Canada Winter Games was a massive success for BC, as the team came away with five medals – two gold, two silver, and one bronze.
- Snowboard: BC battled delays and setbacks to post a number of strong performances on Wednesday despite not coming away with a medal in the parallel giant slalom events.
- Gold | Roxy Coatesworth (Golden) | Alpine Skiing | Giant Slalom - Female
- Gold | Logan Cox (Kimberley) | Cross Country Skiing | 1.2km Standing Para Nordic
- Gold | Kaden Baum (Salmon Arm) | Cross Country Skiing | Sprint Sitting Para Nordic
- Gold | Danise Leung (Vancouver) | Fencing | Foil - Female
- Gold | Raphael Gaanan (Burnaby) | Judo | - 60 kg Male
- Gold | Leanna Au (Vancouver) | Judo | -52 tr kg Female
- Silver | Matthew Leach (Lumby) | Alpine Skiing | Giant Slalom Para - Male
- Silver | Lily Brook (Salmon Arm) | Cross Country Skiing | Sprint Sitting Para Nordic
- Silver | Yuchen (Kevin) Zu (Vancouver) | Fencing | Sabre - Male
- Silver | Tin-Yee Ho (Vancouver) | Figure Skating | Special Olympics Level II
- Silver | Ekaterina Danilkov (Vancouver) | Judo | - 48 kg Female
- Silver | Lowan Le Bris (Surrey) | Judo | - 60 kg Male
- Bronze | Samuel Peters (West Kelowna) | Alpine Skiing | Giant Slalom Para - Male
- Bronze | Nathan Thiel (Abbotsford) | Judo | - 55 kg Male
Team BC Spotlight
Team BC Talks
Raphael Gaanan (Burnaby) | Judo Male - 60 kg | On winning gold
“It went really well for me honestly, because in the semi-finals that was my biggest rival, and that was the fasted I’ve ever beat him — usually we go overtime. But, I told myself that I wanted it more than anyone here today, and God helped me to do that, and we’re here now.”
On receiving the gold medal
“Oh, it’s awesome! Like, my phone home screen has been the PEI gold medal for months now. So everyday when I wake up, that would be the first thing that I would see. And now, I see it in person. There are no words that can explain how happy I am to be able to do this.”
On being part of Team BC judo
“Yeah, some finished today with no medal. But to me, for the team competition I want them to be able to experience what I just experienced today. I want to compete and do my best for them, because I want them to have a medal around their necks too. Because their success is my success.”
Emily Bowles (Victoria) | Curling (X) | on two victories today and remaining undefeated so far in PEI
“It was just about staying positive and supporting each other the whole way and not taking the misses too hard and not getting too amped and keeping it nice and easy making easy shots.”
On preparing for the final two games of pool play
“It’s going to start with lots of sleep tonight and eating well. And then just sticking to our routine and doing what we’ve been doing and just staying positive and supporting each other the whole way.”
Chris Parkinson (Comox) | Curling (M) | On being undefeated so far with three wins at the Canada Winter Games
“We really need to just keep ourselves focused and keep ourselves going. We can’t let up at all. We need to keep the pressure on.”
Neil Imada (Surrey) | Curling (M) | On a strong game today
“It felt really good. We had to fight for it. We had some good brushing out there. It felt good to have a solid lead right at the start and we were morally boosted at the second end.”
On the third win for Team BC in three games
“I was feeling really great this morning when we woke up and had a walk around the Athletes’ Village. The team was feeling optimistic. We knew it was a really big game to win today.”
Tin-Yee Ho (Vancouver) | Figure Skating | Special Olympics level II | on being at the Canada Games and winning a silver medal
“I did what I wanted to do today.”
On having her teammates at the arena supporting her skate
“While I was skating, I didn’t really see them, but I could hear them. Now, it’s my turn to cheer them.”
Nicole Orford (Burnaby) | Coach | Figure Skating | on Team BC’s first figure skating medal in PEI
“Tin-Yee [Ho] just won BC’s very first figure skating medal at these Games – a silver medal and we were all very excited for her and cheering for her. She seemed really, really happy with her skate, and we are so proud of her. It’s great to see the team get really interested in the Special Olympics part of the Games.”
On the first two days of competition for Team BC
“Team members are enjoying cheering for each other.This is nice for them to be here as a team. We've had two really good days of competition. Our dance team is currently sitting in first place after the pattern dance. Our two boys are hoping to skate well in the long program tomorrow. Our pair teams both had a season’s best in their short program.”
Lily Brook (Salmon Arm) | Para Nordic | Sitting 800 M Sprint | on her goal today and her experience at the Canada Winter Games so far
“My goal was to beat my time in the qualifiers. It’s been amazing so far here. Crossing that finish line at the end was the part I looked forward to the most.”
Kaden Baum (Salmon Arm) | Para Nordic | Sitting 800 M Sprint | on his goal today and her experience at the Canada Winter Games so far
“My goal was the same as Lily’s. These past couple days have been great. Especially getting to meet new people has been great.
Logan Cox (Kimberley) | Para Nordic | Standing 1.2 KM Sprint | on his goal today and her experience at the Canada Winter Games so far
“My goal was to try to win the race and set a good time in the sprint. Para standing is a small community, so being able to be close friends with the other competitors and talk about course and conditions is amazing. It’s a great time with the Para crowd and especially with my team.”
Danise Leung (Vancouver)| Fencing - Foil female| on winning a gold medal
“It was a really good feeling in the last match and a good experience. Going forward, I am going into the team event and also cheering on my teammates tomorrow. When I go back to the Village, I want to call my parents and friends.”
Jordan Baxter (Coquitlam) | Hockey (F) | On BC’s 2-1 win over Ontario and moving onto the quarterfinals
I think we all had to buy in as a team and kill off a few penalties. So, I think coming together as a unit and clearing pucks and just moving our feet and getting pucks deep and just focusing on team values helped us pull through and get the win.”
On being at the Canada Games Athletes’ Village
“It’s cool meeting all the athletes walkiing around the Village and seeing the different sports. I got to watch badminton and am going to watch fencing next. It’s cool to see the athletes going through their training and being outside of the hockey world.”
Jeremy Grant (Victoria) |Coach|Judo| on how his team performed today
“I thought they were excellent – the focus was there, the effort was there. It reflected their preparation. Everyone put everything out on the mat. Even though they all didn’t get the result that they wanted, we got a lot of good results as well.”
On any challenges to overcome, what he wants the team to remember in the next competitions.
“Well, we got to stay focused, we have another day of competition ahead of us. Those who fought today will be out to support their teammates tomorrow [Thursday]. And we have another competition on Saturday.”
Team BC Tomorrow (Thursday, March 2)
*medal opportunity | Times in AST (PEI +4hrs)
Schedule is subject to changes or may not reflect all competition -- view the full schedule.
9:00 - Archery | Recurve - Individual Qualification | Eastlink Centre
9:00 - Fencing | Épée Male Preliminary Starts | Eastlink Centre
9:00 Fencing | Sabre Female Preliminary Starts | Eastlink Centre
9:30 - Alpine Skiing | Slalom Para Male Final - Run 1 | Crabbe Mountain
9:55 - Alpine Skiing | Slalom Female Final - Run 1 | Crabbe Mountain
10:00 - Judo | Individual - 63 kg Female Preliminary | PEI Convention Centre
*10:00 - Cross Country Skiing | 2.5 km (Interval) Para-Nordic Sitting Finals | Mark Arendz Provincial Ski Park at Brookvale - Nordic
10:45 - Alpine Skiing | Slalom Male Final - Run 2 | Crabbe Mountain
12:00 - Judo | Individual Quarterfinals | PEI Convention Centre
*13:00 - Alpine Skiing | Slalom Para Male Final | Crabbe Mountain
*13:00 - Badminton | Singles Female Bronze Match | Chi-Wan Young Sport Centre
13:00 - Curling (X) | Preliminary vs YT | Montague Curling Club
*13:25 - Alpine Skiing | Slalom Female Final - Run 2 | Crabbe Mountain
13:30 - Archery | Compound - Team Mix Qualification| Eastlink Centre
14:00 - Curling (M) | Preliminary vs ON | The Silver Fox Entertainment Complex
*14:10 - Alpine Skiing | Slalom Male Final - Run 2 | Crabbe Mountain
*14:10 - Fencing | Épée Male Final | Eastlink Centre
*14:40 - Fencing | Sabre Female Final | Eastlink Centre
*14:25 - Figure Skating | Dance Pre-Novice Mix Final - Free Dance | North Rustico Canada Games Centre
*14:30 - Judo | Finals (-57kg/-63kg/-70kg/-73kg/-81kg/+81kg) | PEI Convention Centre
*15:00 - Badminton | Doubles Male Bronze Match | Chi-Wan Young Sport Centre
16:00 - Curling (X) | Preliminary vs AB | Montague Curling Club
*16:32 - Figure Skating | Singles Pre-Novice Male Final - Free Program | North Rustico Canada Games Centre
18:00 - Boxing | 52 kg Female Semifinal | Canada Games Multi-Sport Dome
18:00 - Boxing | 60 kg Female Consolation | Canada Games Multi-Sport Dome