Rachel Currie with Punch Buggie, her gold medal winner. Photo contributed

BC GAMES: Victoria athletes hit the podium

Gold, silver and bronze performances in equestrian, kayak, rowing, golf

Victoria area athletes are making their mark at the 2018 B.C. Summer Games in Cowichan, hitting the podium in equestrian, kayak, rowing, golf and beach volleyball.

On Sunday, Rachel Currie rode away with a gold medal in the equestrian jumping event, turning her rescue horse Punch Buggie into a champion steed.

“This has been an incredible experience,” Currie said. “Punch Buggie and I spend a lot of time together. I feed her breakfast, lunch and dinner every weekend and clean her paddock every day.”

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On Friday, kayaker Brin Nyvall nabbed a silver medal in the girls K-1 2,000 metre open.

“Not everyone realizes kayaking is an actual sport so it’s exciting to see everyone here cheering and competing,” said Nyvall who also competed in the team event. “It’s great racing the longer distances and having the opportunity to compete with a bigger team than I usually practice with at the club level.”

Victoria kayaker Brin Nyvall. Photo contributed

In the girls W1X 1,000 metre race, rower Sally Jones sailed into a gold medal finish and Willy Bishop took bronze in boys golf.

Savannah Purdy and Erin Mutch took both sets in their beach volleyball match to win the gold their first year playing outdoor volleyball.

As of today, Vancouver Island-Central Coast athletes lead in the medal count with 46 gold, 32 silver and 35 bronze for a total of 113 medals.

For more from the B.C. Summer Games check out Black Press coverage here.

kristyn.anthony@vicnews.com

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