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Team BC finishes third in overall medal standings in 2015 Canada Winter Games

Athletes from every province and territory in Canada are seen during the closing ceremonies at the Canada Winter Games in Prince George, B.C. .
Athletes from every province and territory in Canada are seen during the closing ceremonies at the Canada Winter Games in Prince George, B.C. . THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

In the first Canada Winter Games hosted in the province, Team BC proudly walked away with 88 medals which earned them a third place finish overall.

Almost 250 B.C. athletes competed and showed their passion for sport, earning 21 gold, 34 silver and 33 bronze medals. Team BC was third overall in the medal count behind Quebec with 141 medals and Ontario with 112 medals.

Eleven northern BC athletes won or contributed to 14 medals including an incredible run on four medals for Prince George’s Emily Dickson in biathlon one week, a bronze medal for Justin Hampole in figure skating, and a double gold in snowboard for Meryeta O’Dine and Evan Bichon on the final day of competition.

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“We are incredibly proud of our athletes who each contributed to achieving the performance goal of a top three finish,” said Rob Needham, Team BC Chef de Mission.

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“Our entire team were tremendous ambassadors both on and off the field of play representing Team BC and the province at these home Games.”

Team BC was also the recipient, for the second consecutive time, of the Claude Hardy Award. The award is given to the provincial or territorial mission team that best exhibits leadership, cooperation, integrity and esprit de corps.

“It means so much to our mission team to be recognized for our dedication and commitment to our athletes here at home,” said Needham.

“The host society in Prince George did such an incredible job organizing the Games.  We felt part of the team and were proud to be part of their overall success.”

Next up for Team BC will be the 2015 Western Canada Games in Wood Buffalo, Alberta.