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Team New Brunswick wins 10 more medals at the Canada Summer Games12 August 2017
WINNIPEG (GNB) – Team New Brunswick enters the final weekend of competition at the Canada Summer Games in Winnipeg with 22 medals.
The team won a total of 10 medals Friday. Six wrestlers, two swimmers and the men’s golf team won medals in their respective events to boost Team New Brunswick to the 22-medal mark with four gold, nine silver and nine bronze medals.
Swimmer Brooklyn Douthwright put in a double-medal performance, winning a pair of silver medals in the women’s 50-metre backstroke and 50-metre freestyle events Friday evening at the Pan Am Pool. Para-swimmer Jesse Canney claimed silver in the 200-metre medley. Both Douthwright and Canney have each won three medals in the pool this week.
Late Friday night, New Brunswick wrestlers won six medals. Chris O’Toole won a gold medal in the team’s final bout of the night. Tania Blanchard, Justin Shannon and Jasmine Thebeau each claimed a silver medal in their respective competitions. Annabelle Boudreau and Alex Cormier each won a bronze medal.
Saturday’s five-kilometre open swim has been relocated to the Pan Am Pool. E-coli levels at Birds Hill Provincial Park slightly exceeded the acceptable levels for recreational swimming standards.
Earlier in the afternoon, Team New Brunswick won its first-ever medal in golf.
The trio composed of Calvin Ross, Stuart Earle and Samuel Reid won a bronze medal in the men’s team competition at the Southwood Golf and Country Club.
New Brunswick, Manitoba and Alberta played in a three-way playoff to claim the bronze medal. All three teams were tied after Friday’s regulation round, forcing the playoff. After Alberta bowed out of the competition on the first playoff hole, Team New Brunswick’s Calvin Ross sank the winning putt on the second playoff hole for the team’s bronze medal.
“I was disappointed after the round today, I was hoping for an (individual) medal,” said Ross. “This whole week was about the team and I wanted to play my best in the playoff.”
Ross fell one stroke short of a potential medal in the individual competition. He shot a 73 on his final round to end up tied for fourth spot. Teammates Stuart Earle tied for 13th overall and Samuel Reid tied for 18th overall.
In women’s golf, Laura Jones was the top New Brunswick golfer, finishing 13th overall. Laura Wesselius tied for 15th spot while teammate Sarah Holt came 19th overall.
Golf’s bronze medal and Douthwright’s silver medal lifts Team New Brunswick’s medal count to 14: three gold, four silver and seven bronze medals. New Brunswick’s wrestlers were still slated to participate in several medal bouts late Friday night.
Earlier in the day at canoe-kayak, para-athlete Max Arsenault fulfilled his dream of kayaking again. Arsenault returned to the water, paddling in the men’s K1 200-metre event at the Manitoba Canoe and Kayak Centre.
“It just feels right to be out on the water where I really feel at home,” said Arsenault, in a live conversation with Hughes Fournel, Canadian Olympic sprint kayaker, on the dock in front of the canoe-kayak crowd.
In February 2016, Arsenault, a former skilled hockey player and competitive kayaker, fractured his neck in a snowboarding accident at Poley Mountain ski hill. He has always wanted to return the sport he loves: kayaking.
Last week, Arsenault participated in para shotput and discus events at the games.
Team New Brunswick’s Cam Crowell finished first in the K-1 200-metre consolation final. Maxwell Ian Lohoar placed eighth in the K-1 5000-metre event. In the K-4 200 metre, Daniel Gallagher, Lohoar, Matthew Mullet and Ryan Small placed second in the consolation final.
The women’s volleyball team heads to the court Saturday to play for a bronze medal against Ontario. Team New Brunswick lost 3-0 to Alberta in Friday’s semi-final match.
In softball, Quebec defeated New Brunswick 10-0 Friday. The women’s team returns to the field Saturday morning for placing.
The tennis team finished in fifth place, the highest ever finish for New Brunswick at the Canada Summer Games.
On Saturday, the cycling team returns to the road for the criterium. The women’s criterium hit the road at 4 p.m. followed by the men at 6 p.m.
Current results and photos are available online.12-08-17