The 2019 Canada Winter Games have concluded in Red Deer, AB after 2 weeks of non-stop newsworthy performances.
Team BC Figure Skaters competed during the second week of the games and brought home a total of 5 medals: Gold in both Pre-Novice Dance and Novice Dance, Silver and Bronze in Pre-Novice Men, and Silver in Novice Men.
GOLD - Hailey Yu & Brendan Giang (Burnaby)
SILVER - Brendan Wong (Burnaby)
BRONZE - David Li (Richmond)
4th Place - Maho Harada (Richmond)
5th Place - Emily Sales (Kelowna)
GOLD - Kiera Kam (Burnaby) & Matthew Carter (Langley)
SILVER - Wesley Chiu (Richmond)
4th Place - Emily Millard (North Vancouver)
5th Place - Vienna Harwood (Kelowna)
Professional Event Photos from the Games can be found here (photos are free to download and share): https://www.flickr.com/photos/team_bc/
Take a look at Team BC in the headlines!:
Team BC figure skating dancers win gold
Team BC figure skating dance novice mix duo of Kiera Kam (Burnaby) and Matthew Carter (Langley) won gold.
Both Kam and Carter said they did not expect to skate away with a gold medal before they arrived at the Canada Winter Games in Red Deer.
"I honestly didn't think we would come to the Canada Winter Games so when we got here I was stunned and thought what a great opportunity. I knew there was a lot of great teams coming here, so getting gold — and my partner performing as well as she did — I was so proud and happy. I even cried a little bit, this is just so awesome," said Carter.
The pair have been skating with each other for three and half years and credit their emotional connection as one of the key reasons they did so well.
"We just really support each other and cheer each other on to get pumped up," said Kam. "Skating today, we were in front of such a big crowd and had one of our best performances ever. I was just thinking we need to perform with all our might and enjoy the moment."
Kam said she is thankful for the support she has received from family, friends, Team BC and her coaches.
Video: Team BC athletes thank the Canada Winter Games volunteers
Volunteers were the heart of the 2019 Canada Winter Games in Red Deer, Alta. and Team BC athletes wanted to take a moment to thank them all for making their Games experience amazing.
There was 4,600 volunteers that made the Games run smoothly. In total, it accounted for an estimated 171,000 volunteer hours and over 28,000 shifts.