The host team picked up another seven medals Thursday (Aug. 23) at the NL Summer Games as the athletics competitions got underway at the Carbonear Recreation Complex.
But it was the team from Western that turned in the best performance as it collected 13 medals — including five gold — on Day 6 of the summer sporting extravaganza, which is being co-hosted by Carbonear and Harbour Grace.
St. John’s/North and Mount Pearl/South came away with eight medals each, while Labrador collected six and Central earned six. Eastern won three medals, including two silver and a bronze, while Avalon came up empty.
Nick Rossiter of Carbonear started things off for the host team when he finished second in the boys’ six kilogram shot put event for athletes born in 1994 and 1995. Rossiter, 18, lobbed the shot put 10.77 metres, while gold medallist Devon Dove of Central managed 11.37 metres. Another Central athlete, Jordan Humphries, was third with a throw of 10.16 metres.
Carbonear’s Alana Loveys was also a runner-up, finishing second to Sabrina Muise of Western in the girls’ 1500 metre race for athletes born in ’94 and ’95. Muise dominated the race, finishing nearly 30 seconds ahead of Loveys. Only three competitors were in the race, with Jasmine Gibbons of Western taking the bronze.
Elizabeth Hicks, also of Carbonear, claimed silver in a hotly contested girls’ 200 metre dash (born in 1996-2001). She finished in a time of 28.5 seconds, less than a second behind winner Jennifer Boland of St. John’s/North. Mykenzi Harding of Mount Pearl/South was third (29:28).
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Emily Conway of Avondale collected the only other medal for the host team among able-bodied athletes. Conway competed in the girls’ javelin throw (600 grams) for girls born in 1994 and ’95, finishing with the bronze. Her top throw was 16.99 metres, well back of winner Shaughnessy O’Driscoll of Mount Pearl/South, who throw the spear an impressive 32.11 metres. It was a new personal best for O’Driscoll. Second place went to Colleen Spierenburg of Western (20.86 metres).
Conway was invited onto the host team because the Avalon region does not have a team in athletics.
Meanwhile, the host team also picked up a gold in the girls’ three kilogram shot put for athletes with a disability. Robyn Hickey of Salmonier Line was the only competitor in the event, with a top throw of 3.39 metres.
Twelve-year-old Dawson Crane of Spaniard’s Bay also came away with two bronze medals in the Special Olympics category. He was third in both the boys’ standing long jump and the boys’ 200 metre dash.
Crane is the son of Eddie and Loriann Crane, and is coached by Danielle Doyle.
Competition also got underway Thursday in golf, female ball hockey, male soccer and synchronized swimming.
The Games wrap up on Saturday with the closing ceremonies, which begin 2 p.m. at St. Francis Field in Harbour Grace.