Vernon's Winter Games deemed best-ever

Karate kid Jean Newell, left, led Victoria
Karate kid Jean Newell, left, led Victoria's contingent of B.C. Winter Games athletes with four medals. Here Newell absorbs a left leg kick by Vancouver's Sharu Thulasithasan.
— image credit: Jose Larochelle/Black Press

Call him the Karate Kid.

Jean Newell pulled in four medals, two team and two individual, including a gold medal in each, leading Victoria’s athletic contingent at the 2012 B.C. Winter Games in Vernon last week.

Newell is just one the 1,145 athletes, 292 coaches and 160 officials who took part in the 15 different sports.

Greater Victoria athletes pulled in their fair share of the Island/Coastal zone’s 52 medals. Some athletes came awfully close to adding even more medals, such as Hannah Benischek, who was fifth on the moguls, fifth on the dual moguls, sixth in the big air course and fifth in the combined course.

The Benischek family did prevail on the snowy hills however, as the younger Emma Benischek won silvers in the individual and dual moguls.

The Games ended Sunday (Feb. 26) with the final medals handed out and athletes headed for home with memories of what will be for many of them, a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

As the B.C. Games cauldron flame was extinguished and the flag was passed to Surrey, host of the 2012 B.C. Summer Games, B.C. Games Society president and CEO, Kelly Mann said, “I think you can wrap it up by saying these were literally the best-ever B.C. Winter Games.”

Mann also commended the 2,400 volunteers, “Whether they spent four hours, or two years, they did a collective job that hasn’t been seen in this community for years and years.”

Medal results for Victoria athletes from the B.C. Winter Games in Greater Vernon, Feb. 23 to 26

Gold Match Play Recurve  - Boys Willner, Coleman
Gold Aggregate Recurve - Boys Willner, Coleman

Silver Team Female -  Silversides, Katherine / Brilz, Sydney
Silver Team Male  - Silversides, Duncan / Boychuk-Chorney, Benton / Zorn, Jacob

Figure Skating
Bronze Pre-Novice Women - Wavryk, Mackenzie

Bronze Uneven Bars Girls - Louis, Natalie

Gold Boys under-50 kgs - Jolley, Brennan

Gold Team Kata Female - Irvine, Camille
Silver Team Kata Male - Newell, Geoffrey / Newell, Jean / MacDonell, Alex
Silver Team Kumite Male - Newell, Jean / MacDonell, Alex
Gold Team Kumite Female - Irvine, Camille Bronze 
Boys Kumite +55 kgs  - MacDonell, Alex
Bronze Girls Kumite +55 kgs - Irvine, Camille

Gold   Boys Kata
Newell, Jean

Gold   Boys Kumite -44 kgs
Newell, Jean


Silver Juvenile Moguls Female - Benischek, Emma

Silver Juvenile Dual Moguls Female - Benischek, Emma


MEDAL COUNT G   S    B Total

Vancouver-Squam. 34 30 17 81
Thompson-Okan. 24 26 30 80
Fraser Valley 26 16 30 72
Van. Island/Coast 13 20 19 52
Cariboo-North East 13 17 13 43
Fraser River Delta 10 14 14 38
Kootenays 5   2  7 14
North West 6   2  3 11

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