The four Special Athletes that represented Nova Scotia in athletics at the Canada Games – three from Kings County and a fourth from Halifax County – had a great time, a lot of fun, and turned a few heads in the process, according to their coach, Scott Turnbull of Berwick.
All four Special Athletes – Lindsey Griffen and Tyler Carter-Smith of Greenwich, Chelsea MacMurtery of Hants Border and Sam Waite of Middle Sackville – turned in new personal best times in at least one of their events.
"All four ran personal best times in the 200-metre heats, and both Lindsey and Sam bettered those times in their respective finals," Turnbull said.
In the 100-metres, both Griffen and Waite ran new personal best times in the heats. In terms of results, Griffen was fourth in the A final of the 200-metres in a time of 26.68 seconds, "missing out on a medal by six-tenths of a second. He got a bad lane, lane eight on the outside, which is a tough lane in the 200. He managed to make up some ground, but not enough for a medal."
In his other event, the 100-metres, Griffen placed fifth in the A final, having qualified by running a new personal best time in the heats. Carter-Smith ended up winning the B final, good for ninth overall in the 100-metres, and was second in the B final in the 200.
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MacMurtery, competing at her second Canada Games, was second in the B final in the 100 metres and third in the B final in the 200.
Waite won the B final in the 200 metres and was third in the B final in the 100. Turnbull said his athletes were "tired but happy" Friday after completing their events.
"I'm very proud of each of them. There was tough competition here, and none of them are used to running in front of this many people."
On Aug. 15, when all the 100-metre finals were run, "the stands were completely full on one side."
There weren't quite as many people Aug. 16, but there was "still a pretty good crowd," Turnbull said.
"This is likely one of the biggest, if not the biggest, meet any of them will ever compete in unless they manage to qualify for the world Special Olympics."