New West athletes medal well at Summer Games

Royal City athletes help Fraser Valley Delta Zone 4 place fourth overall at B.C. Summer Games in Nanaimo

Daniel Batson won four Special Olympics’ medals at the B.C. Summer Games in Nanaimo last weekend.

Batson won silver medals in the men’s 400 and 800 metre runs for the Zone 4 Fraser River Delta team. He also took home a pair of bronze in the 100 and 200m.

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Joshua Filafilo won a second-place medal in the boys’ 100m hurdles and was third in the 200m hurdles in track and field.

Devin Strome placed third overall in the girls’ pentathlon.

Chloe Szybunka won gold in the 10/13 girls’ wakeboarding final.

Julian Harder placed runner-up in the 14/17 boys’ wakeskate and third in wakeboarding.

Zone 4 also garnered a fourth medal in towed sports. Ashley Lawson finished third in the 14/17 girls’ wakeskate.

Amar Fejzic won three swimming medals for Fraser River Delta. Fejzic placed second in the boys’ 100m backstroke. He also shared gold on Zone 4’s 4x50m boy’ free and medley relay teams.

New Westminster athletes also medalled in a variety of team sports.

Mia Gordon shared a bronze medal in team equestrian.

Zone 4’s boys’ lacrosse team, including Matthew Buchanan, Naoll Degife, Emmet Donahue, Nicholas Hannay and Taylor Jensen, took gold with a 5-4 upset win over B.C. Team-laden Fraser Valley.

Kira Kishimoto won a silver medal in both kayaking and canoeing, placing runner-up in the co-ed K4 open 500m and in the girls’ C4 500m race. Kishimoto also shared bronze in kayaking with the girls’ K4 in the 500m open division.

Ali Ramadan and Luka Cuk won a silver medal with the Zone 4 boys’ basketball team.

The Fraser River Delta team placed fourth overall at the Nanaimo Games, garnering 26 gold medals, 33 silver and 24 bronze.

The Zone 3 Fraser River team won the overall aggregate compiling 207 total points, including a Games-best 79 gold medals.

Vancouver Island-Central Coast finished overall runner-up with 183 points, including 75 gold.

Vancouver-Squamish placed in third spot.

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