It’s worth noting that he takes home 6 medals from any competition. To have achieved it at the age of 89 and set a record in his one of those events is amazing.
Myrtle Acton did just that in six throws at the 55+ BC Games, held September 13-17 in Victoria, setting a new Canadian record for her age category in the master’s women’s shot put.
Acton has lived in various parts of the Lower Mainland and settled in Souk in 2014.
“I’ve always been a little gypsy,” she said.
She’s no stranger to podiums and winners’ circles, but she set a record in 55+ BC Games in 2015 and won gold in the hammer, weight throw and shot put in the 2019 Games.
Her continued success has earned Acton into the BC Amateur Athletics Hall of Fame and the Canadian Masters Hall of Fame in 2021.
Acton, who will celebrate his 90th birthday on October 9, said: It really humbled me.
Acton competed in discus and javelin in high school, but she returned to competition in 1994. This is the year her BC game of over 55 started.
“In my time, after graduating from high school, I didn’t have many opportunities to participate in competitions, which was a hindrance to my life,” she explained. “I had no idea until I heard about 55+ BC Games. There are so many incredible opportunities to compete.
“Being active in any form of exercise, even walking, keeps us from going to nursing homes and hospitals,” she said.
“55+ BC Games are very successful in that regard. You can compete in 26 disciplines, including walking. Even some of the volunteers I spoke to this year had never heard of them. I think they are great.”
Another part of the game’s appeal is meeting friends and meeting new people, Acton said. “We’re all very competitive, but very supportive of each other. It’s a special feeling that we share.”
Members of the Sooke Horseshoe Pitching Association also won a plethora of medals at the 55th and above BC Games.
Marlene Hargreaves won gold in women’s c and mixed doubles. Elaine McMath won gold in her A and mixed doubles in the women’s. Steve Bishop won silver in Men’s A. Bronze medal winners include Linda Anderson in Women’s B, Ron Dumont in Men’s B, Gail Bishop in Women’s C and Ken Bradley in Mixed Doubles A.
Game venues throughout the Capital Regional District hosted 22 activities and sports, including soccer, snooker, dragon boating, grass and carpet bowling, archery, softball, cycling and track and field.
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89-year-old Suk wins six medals in 55+ BC games – Victoria News
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