A pair of Oak Bay athletes just missed out on reaching the podium at the Canada Winter Games in Prince George.
Oak Bay’s Gavin Maxwell dropped a 3-2 set (14-12, 8-11, 11-5, 10-12, 11-4) to Matt Toth of Richmond in the bronze-medal match.
“It was really weird to be playing against my teammate,” said Toth. “It was a really close match and I was lucky to squeak it out. He is really fast and when I hit a lot of fast shots he reacts really well to it so I tried to keep my shots tight against the wall so he couldn’t attack me.”
Maxwell lost in straight sets (11-6, 11-9, 11-5) to Quebec’s David Baillargeon in the semifinal. Maxwell earlier defeated Alexi Theo Gosset of Ontario (11-6, 11-9, 11-5) and Newfoundland’s Tiuri Lomond (12-10, 11-4, 11-5).
Alisa Lyesina of Oak Bay placed fifth in pre-novice women’s figure skating.