Vanderhoof biathlon shot gold at BC Winter Games

First-time BC Games participant Linnea Moutray from Vanderhoof snatched three medals over the four-day event in Penticton last weekend.

Vanderhoof’s Linnea Moutray (centre) won gold in the Super Sprint Girls Junior event for biathlon at the Penticton 2016 BC Winter Games last weekend. Moutray also won bronze medals in the individual and sprint races for junior girls.

Vanderhoof’s Linnea Moutray (centre) won gold in the Super Sprint Girls Junior event for biathlon at the Penticton 2016 BC Winter Games last weekend. Moutray also won bronze medals in the individual and sprint races for junior girls.

First-time BC Games participant Linnea Moutray from Vanderhoof snatched three medals over the four-day event in Penticton last weekend.

Placing first in the Super Sprint Girls Junior event for biathlon, Moutray also won bronze medals in the individual and sprint races for junior girls.

Overall, biathlon athletes from the northwest zone claimed 10 of 13 medals for the zone at this year’s BC Winter Games.

Four speed skaters from Vanderhoof also participated in the games: Connor Ebert, Nicole McBride, Alexis Seely, and Logan Sewell.

Supported by coaches Nicole Ebert and Vince Sewell, as well as adult supervisor Jessica Seely, they are joined by Fort St. James’ Austin McKersie, who competed in a relay race as a team with the four younger members of the group.

Taking place from Feb. 25 to 28, this year’s Winter Games features athletes with an average age of 14 competing in 17 different sports.

Bill Bidlake, president of  the Penticton 2016 BC Winter Games, thanked the effort of over 1,800 volunteers.

“There is a saying: if you want to go fast, you go alone; but if you want to go far, you go together,” said Bidlake. “This weekend shows how far Penticton will go together in showcasing its passion for sport, community and youth.”