Oak Bay athletes shine at Canada Games

Gavin Maxwell places fourth in squash while Alisa Lyesina is fifth in pre-novice women’s figure skating

Oak Bay’s Gavin Maxwell competes in squash at the Canada Winter Games in Prince George.

Oak Bay’s Gavin Maxwell competes in squash at the Canada Winter Games in Prince George.

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.