Sooke athletes win gold at 55+ Games

Myrtle Acton, 86, leads way with three first place finishes

Chris Vanier, of Sooke, throws a horseshoe during play at the 55+ B.C. Games, held in Kelowna from Sept. 10-14. Vanier’s play won him a silver medal in the 65+ men’s C division. (Contributed)

Several Sooke athletes hit the gold standard at the recent 55+ B.C. Games in Kelowna.

Leading the way for the locals was 86-year-old Myrtle Acton, who won three gold medals competing in shotput, weight throw, and hammer throw.

Acton holds several Canadian track and field records for her age division.

RELATED: 4,200 senior athletes kick off the 55+ BC Games in Kelowna

Other Sooke medal winners include:

Table Tennis – Reg Card and Paul Martin – Men’s 75+ Doubles (competitive) – bronze; Sue Jiang and Jeannie Hadley – Women 70-74 Doubles (competitive) – silver; Jeannie Hadley and Paul Martin – Men and Women 70-74 Mixed Doubles (competitive) – silver; and Jeannie Hadley – Women 70-74 Singles (silver).

Swimming – Rhonda Henry – Women 70-74 50M backstroke (bronze).

Horseshoes – Chris Vanier – Men’s Singles 65+ (silver).

Track and Field – Leanor Davidson – Women 70-74 100 metres (bronze); Leanor Davidson – Women 70-74 200 metres (bronze); Myrtle Acton – Women 85-89 shotput (gold); Myrtle Acton – Women 85-89 weight throw (gold); Myrtle Acton – Women 85-89 hammer throw (gold).

This year more than 4,200 seniors competed in the Games 30 sporting events.

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