Winter Games have wide appeal


Winter sports complemented the 2018 Winter Olympic Games last Wednesday at the Pictou County Wellness Centre.

Skating, ball hockey and basketball were among sports youngsters were invited to take part in. Members of the Pictou County Weeks Crushers joined them after their own practice that evening.

“I think they’re having a good time,” said Angie Taylor, whose children were among those enjoying the sports.

The events took place before the televised presentation of the preliminary women’s hockey match between Canada and the U.S. that featured Stellarton native Blayre Turnbull on the Canadian side.

Those viewing the game saw Canada score twice in the second period before hanging on to a 2-1 victory.

The teams are favoured to once again contest the gold medal this week.

“We’re glad to celebrate Blayre and showcase the Wellness Centre at the same time,” Crushers assistant coach and general manager Chad McDavid said.

Crushers who took part in the ball hockey included Nicholas Jessome, who normally plays forward but took time to put on the goalie pads for a change.

“I love to give back to the game,” he said. “Hopefully, people have the same feeling when they see how motivated I am about the game.”

Megan Matlock was among members of the Mariposa East Figure Skating Club who joined members of the Crushers in the general skate on the centre’s main ice surface.

Matlock is preparing for her part in the Atlantic figure skating championships after a silver medal at the recent Robert McCall championship in Lantz. The Atlantic event is scheduled for April 6 to 8 in Lantz.

“It felt good,” said Matlock, who considers her overall skating to be her greatest strength. “It was a good skate.”

She will be joined by fellow members Katelyn Li, Sarah Higdon, Olivia MacNeil, Brooke Pennington, Cameron Boulter, Mallory Matlock, Nina Davey and Chloe Hebb.

From left: Blayre Turnbull’s brother Brent Turnbull watched her playing hockey at the Winter Olympics in South Korea with their grandparents Leona and Sam Turnbull. (Goodwin photo)

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