Mary Daykin in the 5

Daykin family picks up six medals at B.C. Seniors Games in Langley

Saanich’s Daykin family are back from Langley where they managed a total of six medals at the B.C. Seniors Games.

Saanich’s Daykin family are back from Langley where they managed a total of six medals at the B.C. Seniors Games.

Ninety-one-year-old Mary Daykin continued her long legacy at the Games with two golds. Mary finished the five-kilometre power walk in one hour and 41 seconds and the 10-km walk in two hours, 12 minutes and 21 seconds.

It was Mary’s 22nd year competing and she’s now drawn son Bruce and daughter-in-law Wenda into the fold as competitive senior athletes in the 60 to 64 age group.

“There are some very strong athletes at the Games,” Bruce said. “There are people that go to these games every year until they can’t anymore.”

It was Wenda’s first foray in to the Games, and she debuted well, winning silver in the women’s 10-km road walk and bronze in the 4×100 metre run (paired with South Island zone teammates).

Bruce had competed once before, but this time he took his first two swimming medals, a silver in the 4×25 metre freestyle men’s swimming relay and bronze in 4×25 metre individual medley swimming relay.

“This event forced me to swim faster than I have before, and I learned how fast I could go,” Bruce said. “I won the medals with some really strong relay swimmers from our zone. But I was also in six individual swimming events. Now I’m considering joining a masters group for the winter because I know I’ll have work at it.”

For local results from the B.C. Seniors Games visit the bcgames.net/results.

reporter@saanichnews.com

 

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