Nova Scotia’s athletes tallied the third-best medal count in the province’s history at the 2017 Canada Games in Winnipeg.
Nova Scotia athletes collected 49 medals: 13 gold, 21 silver and 15 bronze and placed fifth in the overall standings.
The 2017 Canada Games end today, Aug. 13, with a televised closing ceremony at 4 p.m. from Investors Group Field, home to the CFL’s Winnipeg Blue Bombers.
“I am very proud of all members of Team Nova Scotia,” said Premier Stephen McNeil. “They worked hard, supported each other and were great ambassadors for the province. They will bring their positive experiences from Winnipeg home with them, and their communities and Nova Scotia will be stronger for it.”
Highlights of the 2017 Canada Games include:
— every canoe and kayak competitor received at least one medal
— the most silver medals at a Games, beating the old mark of 18
— five-medal performances from Connor Fitzpatrick of Dartmouth, Mark Marschalko of Waverley, Ashley Card of Hammonds Plains and Nicole Jessop of Halifax in canoe and kayak
— three gold medals for canoeist Connor Fitzpatrick and kayaker Grace Whebby of Dartmouth
— three silver medals by para athlete Ben Brown
— two medals in wrestling by Makayla Levy of Wolfville and Hannah Hubley of Sheet Harbour, the province’s first since 2009
— four medals by the athletes in Special Olympics events
— gold medals in shot put by Sarah Mitton of Brooklyn and sailing by the team of Cameron Shaw of Halifax and Justin Timmins of Bedford
“Getting more medals than expected is always great,” said chef de mission Stephen Gallant. “But most satisfying is seeing how much fun the athletes had, how strongly they supported each other at other events, and how well they represented their province.
“Their dedication and determination, like Anna Negulic showed after tipping her kayak early her 5,000-metre race before flipping it back up and climbing in to finish despite being out of contention, is what the Canada Games is all about.”
The next Canada Games, a winter version, is 2019 in Red Deer, Alberta.
Sponsors and partners of Team Nova Scotia include the Government of Nova Scotia, Sport Nova Scotia, the Nova Scotia Provincial Lotteries and Casino Corp., Atlantic Lottery Corp. and Karbon Sports.