A rally for Pictou County athletes last week helped them get even more ready for the 2017 Canada Summer Games.
Three softball players, two basketball players, a triathlete and cyclist and members of the track and field team were treated to the rally on July 24 at the Pictou County Wellness Centre as a way to complement the previous provincial rally and focus on the county athletes.
The Games began this week in Winnipeg.
It’s awesome to be going,” said Courtney Smith, who catches for pitcher Kelyn Palmer. “It’s about all the hard work we’ve put in and I hope we do well.”
Palmer, Smith and Hilary Taylor are on Nova Scotia’s female softball team.
“We’ve practised a lot to get us ready for this game,” Palmer added.
Taylor said she is confident Palmer will pitch effectively at the games.
“She’s usually on her game,” Taylor said. “We’ve been playing together for eight years, so we’re comfortable with one another.”
Lucia MacKay is on the province’s female basketball team, while Jaren Johnson is on its male team.
Johnson is recovering from an ankle fracture he suffered on July 5 during a game and is still travelling with the team.
“I’ll go but I’m not sure if I’ll play,” he said.
Cyclist Tim Shea and triathlete Peter Corbin are on the team, while track and field team members include Pictou County Athletics members Logan Coulet, Megan Graham, Tatum McLean Lauren Quann, Breanna Sandluck, Kaelan Schmidt and Jake Temple.
Other local athletes affiliated elsewhere include Heather Beaton and Jenna MacDonald.
Dave MacLennan, one of the coaches with Pictou County Athletics, said he wished he could join the local athletes at the games and feels certain they will do well.
“I’m really envious,” he said. “I would really love to have gone to the Canada Games, but I’m proud of the PCA athletes.”
Several local athletes have already competed this week.
Shea was 12th in a mountain bike race, both the male and female basketball teams reached the quarter-finals before dropping their respective games and going into consolation matches and Peter Corbin did not finish a triathlon.
In track and field, Beaton was fourth in her 400-metre heat and advanced to the final run on Friday.
Graham was seventh in her hurdles heat and 12th overall and did not advance, Sandluck was 14th in her steeplechase race, Schmidt was 12th and Coulet 13th in high jump, Temple was fourth in his discus group and Mclean was third in her group and eighth overall in hammer throwing.
Nova Scotia had the third best time in the male 4×400-metre heats and the fifth best time in the female 4×400-metre heats.
Pictou County athletes participating in the 2017 Canada Summer Games gathered for a rally on July 24 at the Pictou County Wellness Centre. Front row, from left: Tatum McLean, Tim Shea, Breanna Sandluck, Peter Corbin, Lucia MacKay and Jaren Johnson. Back left: Jenna MacDonald, Megan Graham, Lauren Quann, Logan Coulet, Kaelan Schmidt, Jake Temple, Hilary Taylor, Kelyn Palmer and Courtney Smith. (Goodwin photo)