Vernon swimmer Dave Poggemiller won four individual gold medals in swimming at the Canada 55+ Games in Kamloops in August. (Contributed)

Vernon swimmer Dave Poggemiller won four individual gold medals in swimming at the Canada 55+ Games in Kamloops in August. (Contributed)

Vernon senior swimmer a golden smash at Canada 55+ Games

Dave Poggemiller, 69, won four individiual gold medals in the pool

Coming back from a ski accident didn’t slow down Vernon swimmer Dave Poggemiller.

A slight miscalculation, however, nearly cost him one of his four gold medals.

Poggemiller, 69, competing against the younger guys in the men’s 65-69 age category won four individual and a team gold in a relay event at the 2022 Canada 55+ Games in August in Kamloops.

The event was delayed a couple of years because of COVID-19.

Poggemiller won gold in the 50-metre butterfly in 49.77 seconds, captured the 100m Individual Medley (where athlete swims backstroke, fly, breaststroke and freestyle) in one minute 38.13 seconds, finished first in the 50m back in 44.56 seconds, and avoided disaster in the 100m back, which he won in 1:37.92.

“I was coming into the wall and you look at the flags above you, count your stroke and make your turn,” said Poggemiller, who broke an ankle ski instructing in the winter of 2022. “I ended up making the turn but I was closer than I thought and I cracked my heel open on top of the pool.”

All swimmers were allowed to enter a maximum of four individual events and one relay. In the relays, swimmers were mixed into eight teams from all the provinces as a show of camaraderie among competitors, and to cheer for each other.

“Our team had a husband and wife from Alberta, myself from B.C., and a gal from the Yukon,” said Poggemiller. “We ended up winning the relay by 7/100ths of a second. The relay was for camaraderie between swimmers of all provinces to swim together and cheer for each other.

“I thought it was a great idea and all the swimmers created a bond that was seen at the awards ceremony, well done. What an exciting finish to the meet. Great fun.”

This story was updated Wednesday, Sept. 14, to correct the amount of medals Poggemiller won, and to correct information about his injury and the relay. We apologize for the errors.

READ MORE: Vernon to rock 2023 Canadian Senior Curling Championships

READ MORE: Vernon’s Vasek Pospisil cracks Canada Davis Cup roster



roger@vernonmorningstar.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

KamloopsSwimmingVernon

Be Among The First To Know

Sign up for a free account today, and receive top headlines in your inbox Monday to Saturday.

Sign Up with google Sign Up with facebook

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Reset your password

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

A link has been emailed to you - check your inbox.



Don't have an account? Click here to sign up
Pop-up banner image