Competition continued in all 15 sports for day two of the 2022 B.C. Winter Games in Greater Vernon Saturday, March 25.
There was plenty of noise in Coldstream’s Kalamalka Secondary School during karate competition as coaches barked instructions and encouragement to their athletes. The scores in the karate competitions got closer and closer as the day went on.
Meanwhile, the Clarence Fulton Secondary School gymnasium was packed with spectators to watch judo. The athletes took to the mats, grappling for points and the chance to be crowned champion at the Games.
“This is one of my favourite events on the schedule,” said Jeremy Grant, provincial advisor for judo at the Games. “This is a time for the athletes to get excited about competition, excited about being part of a larger community, and they have these tremendous experiences on the mats.”
Rhythmic gymnastics took place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at W.L. Seaton Secondary School, and also had a full house of spectators. The athletes wowed the judges and the crowd alike, flinging balls into the air and catching them deftly, and dancing around the floor in sync with the music.
Saturday was also a jam packed day of ringette. Teams battled it out in Kal Tire Place North all day, while athletes in other sports took the games in as spectators between their events.
As of Saturday evening, Zone 4 (Fraser River) is in first place in the Games with 78 medals. Vancouver Coastal is in second with 49 medals and right behind them are the home athletes, Thompson Okanagan, with 48 medals.
The competition continues Sunday, March 26, with events scheduled until 12:30 p.m.