RED DEER, Alta. (GNB) – Team New Brunswick won a pair of bronze medals on Thursday, Feb. 28, at the Canada Winter Games in Red Deer, Alta.

Para-nordic cross-country skier Céline Kavanaugh, of Grand Falls, and her guide Charlotte Toner, of Fredericton, skied to a bronze medal in the women’s para-nordic standing five-kilometre event. Beresford’s Molly Kane captured bronze while teammate Miranda Dedam placed fourth in the Special Olympics level 3 figure skating.

“It was good and we had fun,” said Kavanaugh. “For the five-kilometre classic, our strategy was to have fun, concentrate on technique and do it for us.”

Kavanaugh and Toner are triple medalists, winning two silver and a bronze. The duo first won a silver medal in Tuesday’s para-nordic standing 2.5-kilometre event, then won another silver on Wednesday in the para-nordic standing sprint.

Team New Brunswick now has nine medals: one gold, three silver and five bronze.

Both the men’s curling team (composed of Rahman Dalrymple, Alexander Peasley, Logan Pugsley and Boo Porter) and the women’s foursome (composed of Rachel Brewer, Erica Cliff, Ashley Cormier and Deanna MacDonald) entered Thursday’s late evening draw against British Columbia with identical 4-4 records. The two teams defeated Saskatchewan in their respective morning draws. On Friday they will face Prince Edward Island.

Judo will return to the mats for the team competition, and archery will play in the recurve mixed team event.

The women’s hockey team will play late Friday afternoon in a placing match against an opponent that has not yet been determined. Team New Brunswick lost 7-1 to British Columbia in Thursday’s quarter-final.

The badminton team will play in the mixed team competition for placing.

The men’s squash team will face Nova Scotia for placing. The women will also play for placing on Friday.

Cross-country skiers may return to the trails on Friday for the mixed team relay race. The race is scheduled for Saturday but organizers are discussing the possibility of advancing it to Friday due to a cold-weather forecast.