Gillis graces awards night

STELLARTON — Athletes need to make sure their achievements in competition exceed their performance in practice, Eric Gillis says. Gillis, who is from Antigonish and ran for Canada in the 2008, 2012 and 2016 Summer Olympics, was guest speaker last Thursday at Pictou County Athletics’ annual awards night at their facility in Stellarton. He is...

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Dist. I on new fitness quest

The 2018-19 Fitness Challenge has set a goal of 40,000 kilometres to get participants to Europe and back to honour the 100th anniversary of the ending of the First World War. Members officially began the trip on Sunday with a walk from Lismore Hall to the beach and back. The challenge will end on February...

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Cathy Mason named Movement Maker

STELLARTON — Cathy Mason has expressed surprise upon being named a Special Olympics Canada Movement Maker. Mason received one of the awards that are being presented in celebration of Special Olympics Canada’s 50th anniversary. Her award salutes her 26 years as a volunteer with Special Olympics Nova Scotia. She has travelled the world for international...

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Olympic Park celebrated

STELLARTON — An Olympic-sized event was celebrated Sunday with two Olympic athletes in attendance. A good crowd gathered as the park at Valley Woods was officially renamed Olympic Park in honour of the two Olympic athletes who come from the town. Les ‘Babe’ Mason, boxer, and Blayre Turnbull, hockey player, were the guests of honour...

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Special Olympics athletes earn medals

Local athletes were happy to share their stories and medals they earned at the 2018 Canadian Special Olympics Summer Games in Antigonish. The Games ran July 30-August 4 and offered an opportunity for four Pictou County athletes to achieve success there. Stacey Saunders won gold medals in her 100-metre dash and was a team member...

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Pictou Advocate sports

Special Olympics seen as a game-changer

ANTIGONISH — It was a star-studded week in Antigonish during the National Special Olympics Summer Games. Mark Tewksbury, Canadian Olympic gold medalist, director of the Canadian Olympic Committee and chairman of the board for Special Olympics Canada, was in Antigonish and spoke to The Advocate of sport’s power to transform. “Special Olympics means the world...

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Trio joins Special Olympic Games

STELLARTON — Track and field and gymnastics athletes are among those from Pictou County who are taking part in the 2018 Canadian Special Olympics Summer Games in Antigonish. Stacey Saunders and Lucy Rogers are in track and field and work out at Pioneer Coal Athletic Field, while rhythmic gymnastics athlete Kara Scott has been practising...

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Evan Sharpe makes waves

NEW GLASGOW — It is less than a month before Evan Sharpe joins his fellow athletes at the 2018 Canadian Special Olympics Summer Games. The Games are being held July 31 to August 4 in Antigonish. Sharpe is among members of the swimming team and has been training on his own with coach Aaron Smith...

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Blayre Turnbull named Cleve’s Source for Sports Athlete of the Month for February

HALIFAX – Twenty-four-year-old Blayre Turnbull was named the Cleve’s Source for Sports Female Team Athlete of the Month. The hockey player from Pictou County joined teammate Jill Saulnier as the first Nova Scotians to ever play on the Canadian Olympic women’s hockey team. During the semi-finals against the Olympic Athletes from Russia, Turnbull tallied two...

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Rings of excitement

Liz Munro, left, and Alex Skoke sensed the rings of excitement on Wednesday during the televised hockey game featuring Blayne Turnbull and her Canadian teammates against the U.S. in women’s Olympic action in South Korea. (Goodwin photo)...

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