Halifax, NS (February 21, 2011) -- On the first full day of competition in Week Two of the 2011 Canada Winter Games in Halifax, Team BC added more medals to their total, continuing the momentum set last week.
The Para Alpine team started off Alpine's five days of races with some very positive results at Ski Wentworth. Leading the way in good racing conditions was Caleb Brousseau (Whistler) who won the Bronze medal after two very consistent runs in the Giant Slalom. Following close behind was Braydon Luscombe (Duncan) in 4th place and Benn Whitwell (Manning Park) in 5th place. Rounding out the team was Jeffrey Thompson (North Vancouver) in a respectable 7th place.
At Ski Martock the three Para-Nordic athletes had very quick 2.5km interval races which netted two Silver medals for BC. Lou Gibson (Langley) earned one of the Silvers in the men's sit-ski race while Courtney Knight (Burnaby) and her guide, Andrea Bundon (Vancouver), were fast enough to capture a Silver medal in the 2.5km Women's Interval - Standing category. Mary Benson (South Surrey) also had a great race, finishing 5th.
Alysson Marshall (Enderby) had a great ski in the Women's Interval 7.5k race.and captured another Silver medal for Team BC.
Table tennis got started with both the men's and women's teams advancing through the preliminaries but losing in the semi-finals in team play. They will both play for the Bronze medal tomorrow.
In preliminary round action at the Canada Games Center Team BC Badminton athletes had a number of wins, lining up some key quarter-final matches for Tuesday.
The men's curling team began their competition with an 8-4 loss to Ontario. Both teams played a close match until Ontario broke out with four in the 5th end. Team BC showed resilience as they fought back but skip Daniel Wenzek (Victoria), third Nolan Reid (Duncan), second Maxim Langlais (North Vancouver), and lead Calvin Heels (Victoria) were unable to pull off the comeback.
Team BC's athletes arrived in Halifax Saturday to compete in the 12 sports that make up the Week Two schedule which runs through to Sunday.
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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