Halifax, NS (February 26, 2011) -- Cross country skiier Alysson Marshall (Enderby) will lead Team BC into the Closing Ceremonies of the 2011 Canada Winter Games Sunday. Saturday she teamed up with Rebecca Reid (Rossland), Andrea Lee (Black Creek) and Heather Mehain (Vernon) to win the relay and add another Gold medal to her medal haul of three Gold medals and one Silver medal at these Games.
"I'm very excited. It's definitely an honour and I'm proud to represent BC," exclaimed Marshall. "I had a great week and this just tops it off. I want to thank my support team and coaches. I couldn't have done it without them. Everything came together this week. This course really suits me."
Marshall is a former Team BC alumni who competed in the 2007 Canada Winter Games where she won one Gold and one Silver medal. She was 12th at the 2009 U23 World Championships and is a multi winner of the Premier's Athletic Award. With aspirations of becoming an Olympian, Marshall is on track to becoming one of Canada's premiere skiers.
Team BC's table tennis players also had a stellar day on the last full day of competition at the Canada Winter Games. Winning six medals by the end of the day, they became the only provincial badminton team at the Games to win a medal in every one of the seven Table Tennis categories.
In singles competition, Shirley Fu of Burnaby won with a convincing three games to one victory. The Gold medal was her second of the day. Earlier in the day she teamed up with Michelle Liaw of Vancouver in women's doubles to win Gold.
In snowboard cross on the men's side Thomas Pitman (Trail) cruised to the Gold while Alex Thorp (Vancouver) was rifght behind him to take Silver. In the women's event all four BC entries advanced to the A Final. Frederique Joncas (North Vancouver) battled hard against a very tough Ontario competitor and finished with the Silver medal.
The final day of Judo competition pitted province against province in a single eliminatinon draw for the boys' and girls' titles. Team BC's boys had a hard fought match against Quebec to win the Silver medal while the girls' team placed 5th.
The Canada Games wrap up Sunday with only badminton left to finish with their final medal competitions.
Team BC has brought a dedicated team of 242 athletes, 74 coaches, three National Artists and 22 mission staff to the Games in Halifax. Approximately 2,700 athletes, coaches, managers and officials have come to the Games from every province and territory in Canada.
The Canada Games is a national multi-sport Games competition that brings together the best athletes from each Canadian province and territory. The primary objective of the Games and the Games movement is national and provincial sport development of Canadian youth.
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