By Tina Comeau
There were golden moments, silver linings and efforts coloured by bronze as several athletes and youth from the region were among the members Team Nova Scotia to bring home medals from the Canadian Francophone Games.
Most importantly, everyone came back with great memories of a wonderful experience.
All provinces and territories were represented at the games, which were held in Gatineau, Quebec July 23-27. There were around 1,000 participants overall.
Nova Scotia – or Team Nouvelle Écosse as it was known – won four gold medals, 12 silver and nine bronze, which saw the provincial team finish in fourth place overall. Placements were determined by the number of gold medals a team won. Quebec topped the standings with 23 gold, seven silver and seven bronze medals. New Brunswick, with 22 gold, 23 silver and 9 bronze medals, finished in second place and Manitoba with seven gold, nine silver and 10 bronze medals finished in third.
The local contingent of young people from Yarmouth County to compete at the games included Bailey Gushue, Kaitlyn Mooney and Cara McNicol in track; Melissa Atkinson in volleyball, Nick Cottreau in badminton, Joel d’Entremont in basketball, Andre d’Entremont in improvisation and Kenzie d’Entremont-Harris and Michaela Smith in leadership.
The following is a list of the medals and top 10 finishes for the Yarmouth County participants:
• Bailey Gushue: gold in 200m (28.76), silver in 100m (13.28), silver in 4x100m and silver in the high jump (1.40).
• Kaitlyn Mooney: silver in 800m (2:36.95) and silver in triple high jump (8.78), 4th in 300m (46.76), 5th in 1200m (4:22.54)
• Cara McNicol: silver in 4x100m, 7th 200m (28.91)
• Melissa Atkinson: bronze in volleyball
• Joel d’Entremont: bronze in 3-on-3 basketball
• Nick Cottreau: 6th in badminton
• André d’Entremont: 8th improv mixed tournament
• Kenzie d’Entremont-Harris: a special coloured medal for leadership in the area of media skills.
There were also participants from Clare at the games. They included:
• Jonah Guimond: gold medal in musique (band name was Néo and another participant in the band was Kaylyn Turner)
• Jay Lemoyne: track, bronze in javelin throw (45.68), 6th discus (26.56)
• Tyler Belliveau: volleyball, 4th place
• Lyette LeBlanc: Chef de mission
• Nicole Thimot: Chef de mission adjointe, leadership
• Guyaume Boulianne: musique coach
The Canadian Francophone Games were held entirely in French. Participants – who test their talents in the three different areas of arts, sports and leadership – had to be between the ages of 13 and 18 and be able to use French on a daily basis. Aside from their own events, participants got to take part in the opening and closing ceremonies and participate in activities held in the athlete’s village.
The organizing committee saw the support of over 1,000 volunteers, 20 permanent employees, 40 committees and 75 financial partners.
The games are held every three years. The 2017 venue will be Moncton, New Brunswick.
You can click here for more results from the 2014 event.