The Zone 3 (Fraser Valley) wheelchair basketball team won gold the Penticton 2016 BC Winter Games last Sunday, beating Zone 6 Vancouver Island-Central Coast 41-35 in the championship game.
The Zone 3 team included Langley athletes Tanner Jung and Joel Aukema.
Zone 3 went unbeaten at the Games.
Maple Ridge player Colin Huppee, said, after the gold medal game, “and for me it is always about winning, so I am really happy about our achievements.”
He called the Games the the biggest competition he has participated in so far. “I think it is great to have the opportunity to be here and to compete with other people in your age,” Huppee said.
Huppee, whose 16th birthday was a day before their great victory, got into playing wheelchair-basketball at the age of 13.
“I got into doing this sport because I heard about the program and I was excited about it because I am not able to play real basketball,” Huppee said.