WINNIPEG (GNB) – The Canada Summer Games are now officially over and Team New Brunswick returns home with a record 24 medals during the two weeks of competitions that took place in Winnipeg.

Quadruple medalist Brooklyn Douthwright served as Sunday’s flag bearer, leading Team New Brunswick into Investors Group Field at the University of Manitoba, site of the closing ceremony. Douthwright won a pair of silver and a pair of bronze medals in the pool during the second week of the games.

“What an amazing performance by our team,” said Nicole Smith, chef de mission. “Everybody on our team is pretty happy, pretty proud and standing tall heading back home to New Brunswick.”

The 24-medal performance is New Brunswick’s best-ever showing at a Canada Games ever. The former record was 21 medals at the 1995 Canada Winter Games held in Grand Prairie, Alta. The team’s previous best Canada Summer Games performance was 17 medals, in 1997, in Brandon, Man.

Team New Brunswick returns home with 24 medals: four gold (Veronica Coombes three, in the 200-metre, 400-metre and 1,500-metre wheelchair para events; and Chris O’Toole, 100 kg wrestling male), nine silver (Brooklyn Douthwright two, in the 50-metre freestyle and 50-metre backstroke events; Laura Dickinson two, in the 5,000-metre and 3,000-metre steeplechase events; Jesse Canney two, for the 150-metre medley para male swim and 50-metre butterfly para male swim; Tania Blanchard, 48-kg wrestling female; Jasmine Thebeau, 56-kg wrestling female and Justin Shannon, 85-kg wrestling male) and 11 bronze (Brooklyn Douthwright two, 5,000-metre open swim female and 100-metre freestyle female; Liam Turgeon, shot put male; Christel Robichaud, discus para female; Jacob LeBlanc, 1,500-metre wheelchair para; Jesse Canney, 50-metre backstroke para male swim; men’s golf team; Jacob Gallant, 400-metre medley male swim; women’s volleyball team; Annabelle Boudreau, 44-kg wrestling female and Alex Cormier, 56-kg wrestling male).

Team New Brunswick placed second in the Centennial Cup. The cup is awarded to the provincial or territorial team that shows the greatest improvement between games. New Brunswick finished one and a half point behind host Manitoba.

Team New Brunswick was comprised of about 400 participants, including athletes, coaches, managers and mission staff and competed in athletics, baseball, basketball, canoe-kayak, cycling (road), cycling (mountain), golf, rowing, sailing, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, triathlon, volleyball and wrestling.

The next Canada Summer Games will be held in the Niagara region in Ontario in 2021.

Current results and photos are available online.