Sailors Capture Team Nova Scotias First Gold Medal of 2009 Canada Games

first_imgNova Scotia’s sailors claimed medals in all four sailing events at the 2009 P.E.I. Canada Summer Games. Jono Reid, 20, and Teddy Skiffington, 20, both from Halifax, received a gold medal in men’s double-handed 29er. “This feels really good,” said Mr. Reid. “We worked really hard and stepped it up over the past year and it paid off.” Mr. Reid and Mr. Skiffington have been sailing together for three years, competing and training throughout the world with Mr. Reid as skipper and Mr. Skiffington as crew. “We knew the top four or five teams really well and we knew we could medal,” said Mr. Skiffington. “We’ve never beat this Ontario team before, so we’re thrilled that the win came at the right time.” Team Nova Scotia sailors competed in four events, over four days, medalling in each event, adding three silvers to Reid and Skiffinton’s gold. Tom Brosky, 19, from Halifax, competed in the men’s single-handed laser. Erin Rafuse, 20, from Halifax, represented Nova Scotia in women’s single-handed laser. Dana Archibald, 19, from Halifax and Karen Dexter, 20, from the Head of St. Margarets Bay, raced the women’s double-handed 29er. On the fifth day of competition, Team Nova Scotia had many accomplishments. Geoff O’Toole, 21, from Dartmouth, earned a bronze medal in the cycling road race event. The men’s basketball defeated team Ontario to advance to the gold medal game on Saturday, securing at least a silver medal. Nova Scotia’s last Canada Games medal in men’s basketball was a gold in the 1987 Cape Breton Canada Games. “The athletes have a lot to be proud of,” said Ron O’Flaherty, Team Nova Scotia Chef de Mission. “They’ve worked hard and earned their places on the podium. They’ve made all of us here on P.E.I., and many friends and family back home, very proud.” Sailing medals will be awarded today, Aug. 21, at 1 p.m. at the Silver Fox Curling and Yacht Club in Summerside. Half of the athletes are going home Saturday and the other half are getting ready to travel to Charlottetown for the second week of competition. The Canada Games is the country’s largest amateur multi-sport event. About 4,400 athletes, artists, coaches and managers are competing for 1,500 medals in 18 sports. Partners supporting Team Nova Scotia include Sport Nova Scotia and the Department of Health Promotion and Protection and official sponsors MEE Sports, Atlantic Lottery Corporation, CTV, 101.3 The Bounce and The Chronicle Herald. Keep up to date with Team Nova Scotia news and results at .last_img

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