Ryan Denman soars to a gold medal in the long jump at the B.C. Summer Games in Abbotsford. Denman also won a silver medal in the high jump.

Ryan Denman soars to a gold medal in the long jump at the B.C. Summer Games in Abbotsford. Denman also won a silver medal in the high jump.

Athletes shine in BC Games spotlight

Surrey competitors combine for more than 30 gold medals at multi-sport event in Abbotsford

A strong showing by athletes from Surrey powered the Fraser River (Zone 4) team to a third-place finish in the medal standings at the BC Summer Games last weekend in Abbotsford.

A little more than half of the 51 gold medals won by the orange-clad Fraser River group were by Surrey athletes. Fraser River won 135 medals overall, behind only Vancouver Island/Central Coast (177 medals) and Fraser Valley (143).

Much of the success achieved by the Fraser River zone came in track and field. Of the 31 gold medals won by Surrey athletes, 19 were won in athletics.

Among the multiple gold medalists were Special Olympians Melissa Semke, winner of gold medals in the 100m, 200m, 400m and 800m races, as well as the long jump, and Malcolm Borsoi, the winner of the 400m, 800m, long jump and shot put events. Semke and Borsoi were also on the Zone 4 team which won the male/female 4x100m race.