Local athlete Chelsea Whalen has won two gold medals for Team Nova Scotia at the 2013 Canada Summer Games in Sherbrooke Quebec.
Chelsea with her parents at the Canada Summer Games in Sherbrooke Quebec.
Whalen got the top score in the shot put throw on Aug. 13 with a throw of 15.54 metres. The throw was .51 metres ahead of the next closest competitor. On Aug. 16 she threw javelin in the finals and won gold with a throw of 48.83 metres.
Whalen has had a long competitive season, starting in January. She competed in the Universiade games in Kazzen, Russia where she represented Canada. She also set a new Nova Scotian record and a new school record for shot put throw.
Whalen had her eye on beating the current Canada Games record for shot put but is happy despite coming short of that.
“I was pretty focused on the gold medal and (I was) trying to make the record,” says Whalen.
Whalen traveled to Sherbrooke with her family and her coach who were there to support her. Many locals also took in the competitions via a live feed.
“I’d like to thank the support from home,” says Whalen.
During the last Canada Summer Games Whalen came in third for shot put and she was excited to get the top place this time.
“It was awesome, I’ve been working for it for a while,” says Whalen.
She placed in fifth for javelin last Canada Summer Games. Her throw this year was 1.33 metres ahead of the silver medal winner. Whalen was just a metre shy of her personal best javelin throw of 49.40 metres.
Nova Scotia came out of the two week long event with their most medals ever including 16 gold, 18 silver and 21 bronze making a total of 55 medals. Nova Scotia ranked 5th out of the 13 provinces and territories.