55+Games hockey teams take gold, bronze

PICTOU – Members of the Pictou County Oldtimers are looking forward to playing in the 2020 Canadian 55+Games. Pictou County won the gold medal in the 65-and-over division after winning two of three games against a team from Halifax during the Nova Scotia Games that took place from August 1 to 3 in Antigonish. The...

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55-Plus Games have early date

LITTLE HARBOUR — Plans are progressing for the 2019 Nova Scotia 55-Plus Games that are taking place this summer in Antigonish. Bob MacLeod, the Games’ Highland Region director, said the event has been moved from its usual late summer date on the calendar to July 31 to August 3. “The games are early this year...

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Fraser drops bronze medal in boxing

RED DEER, Alta. – Matt Fraser is coming home 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...

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Matt Fraser courts boxing destiny

TRENTON — Matt Fraser is in the countdown of his quest to earn a boxing medal at the 2019 Canada Winter Games. Fraser is a member of the Albion Amateur Boxing Club and is on Nova Scotia’s boxing team that will compete at the 2019 Canada Winter Games in Red Deer, Alta. He will be...

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MacDonald, Harrison gold medalists

CARIBOU RIVER — It has been an historic Canadian 55-Plus Games for Mona MacDonald. The Caribou River resident earned four gold medals in track and field last week at the 2018 Games in Saint John, N.B. MacDonald’s gold medals came in 50-metre and 100-metre races, triple jump and long jump in the 65-Plus age group...

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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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A remarkable sports couple

In sports, we frequently hear and read about successful father-and-son stories. Athletic skills handed down from one generation to the next. Same is true — though maybe not quite as common — of mothers passing on their talents to their daughters. Blood lines are often the explanation. But what about husbands and wives who become...

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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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Gallant Hall of Fame inductee

ANTIGONISH – Peggy Gallant is among 2018 inductees in the builders category into the Nova Scotia Sport Heritage Hall of Fame. Hall of Fame Induction Night will take place on November 2 at the Halifax Convention Centre. Gallant is among two builders, four athletes a team and a first for the Hall of Fame –...

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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...

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