Published on August 13, 2013
Emily Riddle paddles her way to bronze in the women's 200 metre C-1 on Las des nations in Sherbrooke, Quebec. credit: Len Wagg/Communications Nova Scotia
Published on August 13, 2013
Published on August 12, 2013
Emily Riddle of Porters Lake, who attends Acadia, competed with the IC-4 500 metre female canoe-kayak team, which won a bronze medal. - Communications Nova Scotia photo
Four canoeing medals and counting for Acadia student, N.S. flag-bearer for closing ceremonies
By John DeCoste
Nova Scotia paddler Emily Riddle admits she had high expectations for this, her second trip to the Canada Summer Games. As of Wednesday, Aug. 14, she was right on schedule in terms of putting her money where her mouth is.
Riddle, a 20-year-old Porter’s Lake resident who enters the third year of a nutrition program at Acadia this fall, won medals in each of her first four events at the Games.
She captured bronze Monday as part of the Nova Scotia IC-4 500-metre team, added bronze in C-1 1,000-metres and C-1 200-metres Tuesday, then earned a silver in C-1 5,000-metres Wednesday for a total of four medals with one event to go.
Riddle, who has been paddling for 12 years, has been a member of the national canoe/kayak developmental team since 2009, and two years ago, was a national champion in three events and won gold at the world juniors in Germany.
Asked whether she was surprised at winning four medals in Sherbrooke, Riddle admitted Wednesday, “not really. Nova Scotia is pretty dominant in paddling, and we have a strong team.”
At the Games four years ago, Riddle only competed in one event and finished out of the medals. Now, four years older and with that much more experience in high-level competition, she was aiming for higher this time around.
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“My goal going in was to hopefully medal in every event,” she said. “I wasn’t completely sure, but I felt it was within reach.”
As for the overall experience, Riddle acknowledged it had been “a little different than four years ago. I’m older, and closer with my teammates, and there’s the added experience of having been there before.”
She acknowledged she had “gone to more different events this time, and mingled more with the athletes from other provinces.”
Riddle knew before the Games started that she would get to carry the Nova Scotia flag at the closing ceremonies. “It’s really cool,” she said, adding, “I had no idea I’d even been nominated until they told me I’d be doing it.”
Along with it being “quite an honour,” she admitted she was looking forward to carrying the flag with at least four medals around her neck.
Riddle had one more chance for a medal, in the IC-4 200-metre event scheduled for Thursday morning.
“I’m hoping to go for gold,” she said, pointing out, “it’s one of my stronger events.”
Asked how she came to choose Acadia for her university education, Riddle said, “in my Grade 12 year, I went to an open house there and I just loved it.” In addition to that, Acadia “had the program I wanted.”