September 4, 2017, 5:35 PM
The 2017 Canada Games has come and gone and the games were - as always – a roller coaster ride! I want all of the athletes to have a great experience and I would like them to achieve their goals whether it be a personal best or to make the A or B final or whatever. We never meet all of our goals but I feel that athletes will say that they had a great week.
- Men’s 4 x 100 relay (Owen MacFadyen, Daniel Whalen, Zach Wilson and Damon MacDonald) – 6th place and a provincial record. The boys got the stick around the track and the time was about equal to the average 6th place time for the last 3 Canada Games. Impressive. These were not the four fastest individuals in the race but it was the 6th best team.
- Bailey Smith. Missed the A final in the 100m by .01 sec and made up for that near hit with a sparkling 11.84 (+2.4 wind – not legal – barely) in the B final. Bailey’s time was .03 slower than the bronze medal performance and about .4 faster than the provincial record (held by Heather Moyse and Susan Sobey). In the 200m Bailey ran 24.67 (+2.8 wind) and 24.76 to win the B final. This was a great week for Bailey as she showed she can run with the best in the country.
- Men’s 4 x 400 (Ben Coles, Nathan Mahar, Daniel Whalen, Darcy Norton) – a great victory over Newfoundland in the B final, with a quick time – average time of about 53 seconds per 400. Daniel Whalen’s unofficial 49 second leg blew the race wide open.
- Malcolm Gilman threw the javelin 48.25m to qualify for the final round. This is a great performance for a young athlete throwing in a higher age class than normal and using a heavier javelin as a result. Great job and great potential.
- Ryan Merrett ran 2:03.17 in the B final of the 800m. Nice run!
Strong gusting winds affected times and distances in many events but our athletes competed which is all I can ask. Alex Cyr, Michael Rogers, women’s 4 x 100 and 4 x 400 relays and our throwers and jumpers all faced some adverse conditions but did their best on the day.
The Canada Games is special to me and I hope that the members of Team PEI athletics have a similar appreciation for the event. The 10 days in Winnipeg is made more special by the one to four years spent preparing. I know that I speak for coaches Keith Tanton, Vanessa Foster, Danny Lane and manager Julie Gilman when I thank all involved for helping to make the 2017 Canada Games a great event.
For more images from 2017 Canada Games, please see the following links:
TEAM PEI - Athletics PEI Album
2017 CANADA GAMES - Women's Athletics
2017 CANADA GAMES - Men's Athletics