Four County athletes on Legion team


STELLARTON — Local athletes are looking forward to their participation while representing the 38-member Team Nova Scotia-Nunavut for the 2018 Royal Canadian Legion Under-16 and Under-18 Track and Field Championships scheduled for August 10 to 12 in Brandon, Man.

Jenna Reid of Pictou is entered in the 500-gram javelin and three-kilogram hammer throw, while Keaghan DeCoff of Fraser’s Mountain is in shot put and discus, Cara MacDonald of New Glasgow and Kristen Ross of Green Hill are in middle distance races..

“It feels good to be going,” said Ross, who is competing at the event for the first time. She has been running for three years but this is her first year with the club.

“It’s always awesome,” said Reid, who is competing at the event for the third period. She has been competing since Grade 7 and is heading into Grade 12.

“Pictou County athletes are amazing,” she said. “We have such amazing coaches and it pays off in the long run.”

The four county athletes were among those who qualified from a recent provincial selection meet that drew more than 250 athletes in Dartmouth.

“This program has played a huge role in the development of track and field in our province,” technical director Jonathan Doucette said. “The entire staff is eager to lead this incredible group of athletes to the National Legion Championships in August and help shape the future of track and field in Nova Scotia.”

Jenna Reid, left, and Kristen Ross are among four Pictou County Athletics members on Nova Scotia’s team that will represent the province at the 2018 Legion track and field championship. (Goodwin photo)