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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Advocate Media reporter honoured with WomenActive-NS Media Trendsetter Award

ENFIELD — One of Advocate Media’s own, Patrick Healey, has been honoured for his dedication in covering female sports. Healey was recently awarded the WomenActive-NS Media Trendsetter Award. Nominated by Marni Tuttle, Healey’s nomination was said to stand above the rest because of his continued support of all athletes, regardless of gender. “Pat Healey’s politely...

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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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Opening ceremonies

Opening Ceremony for the 2018 Special Olympics Summer Games was held Tuesday at the Keating Millenium Center at St. Francis Xavier  University in Antigonish with a packed house. Athletes, supporters, officials, dignitaries, volunteers and fans enjoyed the event which showcased Maritime hospitality at its best with guest performances from Charlie A’Court, among others. (Photo by...

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Local athlete will have place in Special Olympics opening ceremonies

ANTIGONISH – For the first time in 24 years, Nova Scotia will play host to the Special Olympics National Games. Held at St. Francis Xavier (STFX) University, 111 Team Nova Scotia athletes will come together from across the province to compete in nine sports from July 31  to August 4. Comprised of 14 regions, 111...

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Torch bearer leads the way in the spirit of the Games

GRANTON — You would be hard pressed to find a more enthusiastic torch bearer than Stacey Saunders. The Stellarton resident led the local portion of the Special Olympics of Nova Scotia torch run at the Michelin plant and loved every minute of it. Carrying the torch holds a special place in her heart, Saunders said....

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Pictou County racers post wins

TRENTON – Local athletes representing host Pictou County Cycle won races on June 4 during the 2017 Trenton Steel Wheels mountain bike races. Aaron Robinson was first, Brandon Roy was second and Roddie Maclean was fourth in the Male Sport (Category C) race over two laps of the course covering 6.8 kilometres for each lap....

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Taking in history

It was a day of discovery and learning for the Elders of Pictou Landing First Nation as they took a trip to the Pictou County Sports Heritage Hall of Fame in New Glasgow on Monday. The group explored the museum to look at local Pictou County Sports stars and First Nations sports stars from Pictou...

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Locals win track, field events

STELLARTON — Local athletes did well last week during the 2017 Pictou and Cumberland district track and field meet at the Pioneer Coal facility. Lauren Quann of Pictou Academy won five senior girls’ events that included the 200-metre dash, 80-metre hurdles, high jump, long jump and javelin. Tatum McLean of Northumberland Regional High was first,...

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Washburn shares X award

ANTIGONISH — Ryan Washburn is a co-winner of the St. FX Male Community X-Cellence Award. The New Glasgow native and track and field team member was presented the award jointly with X-Men hockey player Eric Locke. Washburn, a fourth year sprinter, will graduate with a science degree in human kinetics degree this spring. He is...

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