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Kayaker paddles away with West Can medals

Burnaby kayaker Rebecca Alley surpassed her individual goals at the Western Canada Summer Games.

Burnaby kayaker Rebecca Alley surpassed her individual goals at the Western Canada Summer Games.

The Burnaby Canoe and Kayak Club member collected two gold medals and garnered a silver in individual singles races at Shumway Lake in Kamloops in the opening week of competition at the Games.

Alley opened with an emphatic victory in the open women's 1,000metre race, winning by almost six seconds over Saskatchewan runner-up Olivia Dyck in a time of 4: 44.50.

Alley also took the 2,000m gold over Dyck by a similar five-second advantage.

Nineteenyear-old Alley was bettered by Dyck in the open 500m final, finishing in second place less than two seconds behind. She also placed fourth in the 200m sprint.

Alley, a fifthplace finisher in the K1 1,000m at the 2009 nationals, won three more silver medals in pairs with B.C. teammate Tessa Nagel.

Alley finished her medal haul with three bronze medals in K4 competition.

Rohan Stewart won Burnaby's first gold medal for B.C. in track at the Western Canada Summer Games.

Stewart placed first in the men's 100-metre dash in a new record time of 10.56, beating B.C. teammate Andrew Nathan by a tenth of a second.

The top three medal winners all beat the previous record of 10.71 set by Sam Effah of Alberta in 2007.

Stewart also claimed gold in the 200m, finishing in first in 21.57 just one-hundredth of a second behind Effah's Games record.

Burnaby Mountain grad Whitney Rowe placed fifth in both the women's 100 and 200m races.

B.C.'s under-15 boys' and girls' basketball teams both took gold at the Games.

The boys' team, including three players off Burnaby South's school team, went 4-0 at the Games, winning the final game 86-44 over Manitoba.

Martin Bogajev led the squad with 26 points.

Djordje Obradovic scored a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds.

Jaycee Pineda also helped out with three points, five assists, one steal and one blocked shot.

B.C.'s baseball team, including Anthony Cusati and Alexander Owen came away with a silver medal following a 6-4 loss to Alberta in the championship final.

In wrestling, Burnaby Central student Amar Dhesi won gold in the boys' 115-kilogram division.