The U15 Burnaby Lakers lacrosse team was honoured at council on Aug. 29 for their gold medal win at the provincial level.
The C Division Lakers beat the hometown North Okanagan Legends to win provincial gold on July 17 at the Kal Tire Arena in Vernon.
Mayor Mike Hurley presented the team with token gifts from the city.
Lakers team member Anthony Donovan, 14, told the NOW winning gold was the best day of his life.
“It was so much fun being with all the guys. It was outstanding, and I couldn’t believe we won,” Donovan said.
“It was a very hard game to win ... especially because we lost the one before. It was a hard-fought game.”
Alexander Dolmat, turning 14, said it was a fun day with all his friends.
He noted the current Lakers players all attend St. Thomas More Collegiate, so the players are classmates as well as teammates.
“It was hard to get into the final spot, going against other great teams. And it’s just an honour to be playing,” Dolmat said.
Donovan said he loves the fast-paced nature of lacrosse.
“I’ve always wanted to play hockey, like ice hockey, but I can’t skate. So, it’s basically hockey without skates. ... It’s so much fun.”
“When you get a big hit or a goal — the adrenaline, it’s just awesome,” Dolmat added.
Luca Luongo, 14, plays defence on the Lakers and thanked the mayor for letting the team come to council.
“It’s a privilege,” Luongo said. “Not all teams get to be honoured by the mayor, which is really cool.”
The players said this was their first year playing as a team, and many of the team members first time playing lacrosse.
They hope to rejoin the Lakers next year and continue their success.