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North Shore athletes bag melange of medals at BC Summer Games

September 21, 2022


Triathlete James Sikich of North Vancouver bursts out the starting gate and into Nadsilnich Lake in Prince George. He won gold in the boys 16-17 duathlon and silver in four related events. | Chris King / BC Games Society

Note: The following students referenced in this article attend school in the North Vancouver School District:
  • James Sikich - Windsor, Grade 12
  • William Millard - Handsworth, Grade 10
  • Jocelyn Howell - Windsor, Grade 12
  • Breenie Jefferson - Seycove, Grade 8
  • Cooper Neale - Argyle, Grade 9
  • Jakob Taylor - Sutherland, Grade 11
  • Nika Njafi-Haghi - Argyle, Grad of 2019

By Nick Laba, North Shore News.

Young athletes from the North Shore were feeling the heat of competition this summer as they took on peers from across the province.

At the BC Summer Games, July 21-24 in Prince George, competitors from North and West Vancouver brought home 29 medals: six gold, 12 silver and 11 bronze.

Leading that medal count is James Sikich of North Van. The triathlete won gold in the boys 16-17 duathlon and four silver medals in other related events. Sikich was bested only by Josiah Wilkinson of Prince George, in what appears to be a budding rivalry.

In golf, West Van’s Grace Yao beat out the girls division with two back-to-back, one-over-par rounds. Her home course is Seymour Golf and Country Club.

William Millard of North Van won gold for the boys pole vault.

North Shore athletes were also on gold-winning zone 5 (Vancouver-Coastal) teams for girls volleyball, girls soccer and U19 mix 4 x 500-metre rowing.

Jocelyn Howell won silver for girls 51-kilogram wrestling.

Breenie Jefferson won silver in the towed water sports 10-13 girls jump, and bronze in the trick category. Cooper Neale grabbed a silver in the boys 10-13 wakeboard and a bronze for wakeskate. Jakob Taylor took silver for boys 14-17 wakeboard and bronze in the jump for that age group.

North Shore competitors were on silver-winning teams for 3x3 girls basketball, U19 2,000 metre rowing, boys baseball and boys soccer.

In 54-kilogram wrestling, Ian McLachlan of North Van won bronze. Nika Najafi-Haghi, also from North Van, won bronze in the mixed para-swimming 150/200-metre individual medley.

Bronze-winning teams with North Shore members include girls 4 x 400-metre relay, U19 boys 2,000-metre rowing, boys baseball, boys swimming 4 x 50-metre free relay, mixed 4 x 50-metre medley relay and boys canoe/kayak 500-metre “learn to train.”