Locals earn track awards


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STELLARTON — Parker Swain says he’s looking forward to another big year in track and field.

Swain is among three athletes and a coach with Pictou County Athletics who have earned 2017 Athletics Nova Scotia awards in various categories.

“It feels really great,” he said .

His award was in the midget age group, while Matthew MacLeod received an award in the bantam division and Chloe Ferguson’s award is in the tetrathlon.

Carty earned a coaching excellence award.

“To have three athletes from here receive these awards is incredible,” said Margie Schmidt, whose volunteer duties with PCA include officiating.

Swain’s achievements included first in shot put, discus, hammer throw and javelin at the 2017 Nova Scotia outdoor championships. He was also first in shot put, discus and hammer at the Atlantic outdoor championships and first in the Atlantic indoor championships in shot put and weight throw.

He also participated in the Canadian Legion championships, where he won a gold medal in discus and bronze medals in shot put and hammer.

He twice broke the Nova Scotia discus record in his age group with a distance of 56.14 metres.

“I hope to get to the Nationals again,” he said. “I want to see what I’m made of. It’s the first year in the youth category and it’s by far the hardest year to medal nationally.”

Despite his size, Swain is in Grade 10 at Northumberland Regional High School and hopes to add high school rugby to his participation in track and field for the school.

Both MacLeod, 13, and Ferguson, 9, are in their second year with PCA.

MacLeod broke the provincial bantam record in javelin with a throw of 38.31 metres. He was first in provincial outdoor shot put and hammer and first in shot put, discus, hammer and javelin at the Atlantic outdoor championships.

Ferguson was the Nova Scotia outdoor champion in the female 9-10 age group tetrathlon that combines a 60-metre sprint, 600-metre race, long jump and shot put. She was fifth overall and top Nova Scotian at the Atlantic championships.

From left: PCA athletes Chloe Ferguson, Parker Swain, Matthew MacLeod and head coach Pat Carty received Athletes Nova Scotia awards. (Goodwin photo)

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