NEW GLASGOW — Three Pictou County figure skaters have been taking part in the 2019 Canada Winter Games in Red Deer, Alta.
Brooke Pennington and Cameron Boulter were named in the pre-novice division and Jailyn Elliott is a pre-novice dancer. They are members of the Mariposa East Figure Skating Club whose coach, Angela Coady-Pennington, was 12 years old, the same age as her daughter Brooke, during her first of two Canada Games while competing in ice dancing in 1983 in Quebec.
Coady-Pennington also competed at the 1987 Winter Games in Cape Breton and shared the ice dancing gold medal with her partner Glenn MacCara, who planned to attend the Games.
She said the experiences at the two Winter Games events were different.
“The two Games are special for me for different reasons,” she said. “The first time, everything was new, but the next time we went it was more business.”
Boulter was named to compete in pre-novice men.
Elliott, who is Coady-Pennington’s niece, skates with her ice dancing partner, Dawson Munro from Gaspereau, N.S.
Results on Wednesday show they placed eighth in their free dance, while Pennington was 13th and Boulter ended up 10th.
Matt Fraser returned without a Canada Winter Games medal.
Fraser, a resident of Antigonish and a member of the Albion Amateur Boxing Cub in Trenton, fought in the 56-kg bronze medal bout on Wednesday but lost a unanimous decision to Jawad Miakhail of Manitoba.
Fraser defeated Carter Butler of Newfoundland and Labrador on Tuesday to advance to the bronze medal match.. He defeated Butler in his first bout before losing to an Alberta opponent, Cole Brander, in his second bout.
Nova Scotia lost 7-5 to Manitoba to settle for sixth place.
Jacob Melanson, a resident of Amherst and a member of the Weeks Major Midgets, collected a goal and an assist in the game.
Nova Scotia defeated B.C. 3-2 in overtime in the relegation round to advance against Manitoba. Nova Scotia lost 6-3 to Saskatchewan in its quarterfinal match after finishing the preliminary round with a 1-2 record.
Nova Scotia lost 5-0 to Ontario on Saturday and 10-2 to Quebec on Sunday before defeating New Brunswick 4-2 on Monday.
Melanson scored a goal against New Brunswick and scored a goal against Saskatchewan.
From left: Brooke Pennington, Cameron Boulter and Jailyn Elliott practised at the Pictou County Wellness Centre once more before heading on Saturday to compete in the Canada Winter Games this week. (Goodwin photo)