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Athletics Nova Scotia – Edmonton, Alberta- This past weekend, Nova Scotia was represented by a group of elite track and field athletes at the 2016 Canadian Championships and Rio Selection Trials. We had a total of 21 athletes who came from all different regions of the province travel to the Foote Field Sports Complex in Edmonton for the chance to compete against the very best in Canada. 

There were four full days of competition, Thursday though Sunday. On Thursday, the highlight of the day was Mike Tate of Antigonish earning the bronze medal in the Senior Men’s 5000 meters championships with a time of 14:02.86. Coach Ueli Albert from Valley Athletics said this about Mike, “He was by far the youngest runner with only 20 years of age. He ran a tactically perfect and smart race and was able to beat some other Olympians such a Cameron Levins who is considered one of the world’s top 10 5000m runners. I’m very excited about the potential for Mike and I feel he has a great future”.  Tate also competed in the Senior Men’s 1500 meters championships on Saturday and placed fifth with a time of 3:57.35.

Other Highlights on Thursday include Dave Waters from Bluenose Athletics and Ben Brown from Valley Athletics. Waters won a silver medal in the F36 Paralympic Javelin and threw a new Canadian record of 25.41 meters. Brown earned a gold medal and his first National title in the 100 meters T53 para wheelchair with a time of 16.08 as well as a fourth place finish in the 800 meters T34/53 para wheelchair with a time of 1:56.84. He also earned a bronze medal on Friday with a time of 56.46 in the 400 meters T53 para wheelchair and a silver medal on Saturday in the 200 meters T34/51/52/53 Para Wheelchair.

The highlight of the day on Friday was Jordan Bruce of Halifast Athletics earning a silver medal in the Men’s Triple Jump Championships with a leap of 15.21 meters, just shyly missing first place by 5 centimeters.

On Saturday, Jenna Martin-Evans of Bridgewater competed in the 400 meters Senior Women’s Championships. The 2012 Olympian placed fourth with a time of 52.93, not quite fast enough to qualify her for Rio.  

Pamela LeJean of Valley Athletics earned a gold medal on Sunday in the Para Seated Shot Put with a throw of 4.39 meters. LeJean will be heading to Rio in September to represent Canada at the Paralympic Games. Also on Sunday, Geoffrey Harris of Halifast competed in the Senior Men’s 800 meters Championships. The 2012 Olympian placed 7th with a time of 1:50.60, not quite fast enough to punch his ticket to Rio.  Casey Perrin, representing Valley Athletics finished sixth in para seated shot put with a new personal best of 3.38m. 

Ryan Shay from Valley Athletics had a strong showing placing fifth, fourth and sixth in the 100, 400 and 200 meters T34/51/52 para wheelchair races.

Some great performances by Junior Men include Kaelan Schmidt placing eighth in the Junior Men’s High Jump Championships with a height of 1.90 meters and Peter Collier from Chebucto Athletics placing fourth in the Junior Men’s Long Jump Championships with a leap of 6.82 meters, 13th in the Junior Men’s 200 meters and 14th in the Junior Men’s 400 meters qualifying round.

For throws, Peter Millman of the Truro Lions placed fifth in the Senior Men’s Shot Put Championships with a throw of 17.23 meters. Riley Jennings and Drew Erskine from the Truro Lions competed in the Junior Men’s Discus Championships. Jennings placed fourth and Erskine placed 12th. In the Junior Men’s Shot Put Championships, Gregory McCarthy, also from Truro Lions, placed sixth and Riley Jennings placed seventh. David Bambrick of Launchers Athletics placed fifth in the Men’s Shot Put Para Ambulatory with a throw of 11.12 meters. 

Other Nova Scotian performances include Daniel Gorman of Halifast placing seventh in the Senior Men’s 1500 meters Championships, Christopher Theriau of Canaan and Matthew Musoke  of Halifax placing 11th and 14th in the Senior Men’s 110 meters Hurdles, Daniel Yetman from Dartmouth placing sixth in the qualifying round of Senior Men’s Triple Jump and Celia Peters of Halifast Athletics placing 19th in the Senior Women’s 800m.

Anitra Stevens

Executive Director, Athletics Nova Scotia

Phone: 902.425.5450

Fax: 902.425.5606