Prince George athletes were seeing gold and silver in Charlottetown Prince Edward Island at the Special Olympics Canadian National Winter Games.
Prince George had three athletes on Team B.C. who brought home six medals. Kim Erickson, Angus Kamm and Marinka Van Hage each returned with a gold and silver each.
“The trip going down there was really long. The experience was fun,” said Kamm. “One day we were stuck in the hotel for the day in Charlottetown, because there was a lot of snow and no one could go outside.”
Kamm, 20, picked up his gold in the 400 metre snowshoe division MO4 and his silver in the 100 metre division MO3.
“There were three guys really close at the end of the race and they fell seconds from the finish line,” said Kamm.
Van Hage, 12, picked up a gold in the 100 metre division MO7 and silver in the 400 metre division MO5.
“It was cool,” said Van Hage. “It was fun. I got to meet a lot of people and made a lot of friends. We exchanged pins.”
Kamm said the course itself had to get changed because of the winds.
“We had to wait and they had to clear the snow and the snow was blowing so bad they had to change where the finish line was. They wanted the racers facing the other way,” said Kamm who began snowshoeing as a child.
Erickson picked up a gold in the 500 metre division F2 and a silver in the 2.5 kilometre F2 races.
The three had a chance to meet and train with their teammate before heading down to the games which was a good experience.
“It was nice, the people were nice and I got to meet my coach,” said Van Hage.