Winnipeg Free Press - PRINT EDITION

McLean earns 'Toba's first gold

Province's biggest day includes four medals

  • Print

TEAM Manitoba went for the brass ring and had its best day yet at the Canada Winter Games.

Manitoba athletes grabbed hold of one gold, two silver and a bronze medal.

Heather McLean and Hewson Elliott struck gold and silver, respectively, in the 100-metre speedskating events and the team also won bronze in the men's speedskating pursuit.

Meanwhile back at the range, Connor Deneka won a silver in women's individual air rifle. On Monday she won bronze in the team rifle event.

McLean, or Iggy as she is referred to by her St. James Speed Skating Club teammates, won the province's first gold of these Games.

"I was pretty nervous when I woke up this morning," she said via telephone prior to her medal ceremony, "but when I got down to the oval my nerves calmed down and I was able to focus. I just tried to think of all the hard work I have done to get where I am. I took a few deep breaths, and thought of how lucky I was to be standing there (at the line) right before the race, and that also calmed me down."

Now that she is finished competing at these Games, the first thing McLean has on her mind is treating her taste buds to some fine Nova Scotia delicacies. "Now that we are done competing, I really want to eat crab," she said. "I am a huge crab fan. It tastes so good. Then I think we'll just want to walk around the harbour for a while since it is really close to where we are staying."

Elliott placed second in the men's 100, then teamed up with Brett Appleyard, Chris Daeninck and Milo Del Bigio to claim the bronze medal in the men's team pursuit.

"I didn't expect to win silver," said Brandon's Elliott. "My goal was always to win gold, but I did pretty well. I was just waiting (the past few days) for this day (the 100 metres) to come."

Deneka, who competed in the 2010 world junior championships, placing 73rd, and the 2007 Winter Games in Whitehorse (winning a bronze), had a score of 488.0 to claim the silver.

"I'm pretty proud of myself," said Deneka. "This is a big improvement over the last games., but I was pretty confident that I would do well. After Monday's experience I knew what I could do. I would say these games were very successful for me. They were great."

With Tuesday's medal haul, Manitoba has six podium placings: one gold, two silver and three bronze.

In other action Wednesday:

-- SHORT TRACK SPEEDSKATING -- In the men's 1,000 metres, Nick Couture finished fourth in C final, Chris Prendergast was second in the E final, Jess Neufeld was third in the E final and Thomas Struthers finished second in the F final.

Taryn Dyer led Team Manitoba in the women's 1,000 metres with a fourth-place finish in the H final, Michelle Daeninck was second in the I final, Hanna Martin was second in the J final, Karine Martel was fourth in the J final and Raelene Sawatzky-Dyck was first in the L final.

-- RINGETTE -- Sylvie Piche and Jena Gallant each scored once for Team Manitoba, but the squad still lost 3-2 at the hands of Saskatchewan in quarter-final action. Although out of the medal hunt, Manitoba can still finish as high as fifth.

-- BIATHLON -- Jessica Biggs took 12th spot in the women's 10-kilometre biathlon pursuit, Brooke Christie of Falcon Lake was 16th, Rachel Koroscil of Sandy Lake was 25th and Candace Glowa of Dryden was 27th.

Nicholas Dumontier was the fastest Manitoban in the men's 12.5-kilometre pursuit, placing 17th. Erik Lockhart finished 26th, Kiernan Broda-Milian was 31st and Kjell Schmidt came in 32nd.

-- SQUASH -- Team Manitoba can still finish as high as fifth in men's squash competition, after beating Saskatchewan 4-0 in the placement round. Jake Hooker, Andrew Thiessen, Connor Turk and Adrien Chamberland-Mike all won their games 3-0.

They'll play Northwest Territories this morning for fifth place.

In the women's placement round game, Manitoba was blown away 4-0 by Nova Scotia as Hanna Blatt, Hayley Clake and Mia Kirbyson all lost 3-0. Alix Younger lost by default due to an injured wrist.

The women will play the Northwest Territories today for seventh place.

-- FREESTYLE SKIING -- Paige Nuttall and Veronica Mihic finished 18th and 19th, respectively, in the women's aerials competition.

In men's competition, Keegan Jackson was 21st, Matt Zerr was 22nd, Kevin Burns 26th and Scott Wachal was 27th.

-- WOMEN'S CURLING -- Team Manitoba, skipped by Beth Peterson, defeated Saskatchewan 7-5 in women's curling. Out of the medal hunt with a 1-3 record, Peterson, and her team of Robyn Njegovan, Melissa Gordon and Breanne Yozenko, play today to determine a final placing.

-- MEN'S HOCKEY -- Manitoba lost 4-2 to British Columbia in the quarter-final game. Geordie Maguire and Remi Laurencelle scored for Manitoba, which dropped to the placement round, where it have two more games today and Friday to decide a finish in the overall standings.

-- ARTISTIC GYMNASTICS -- Jason Marks finished 26th over all in the men's all-round competition. Tyler Franklin was 30th and Taran Barrett finished 32nd.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition February 17, 2011 C1

Fact Check

Fact Check

Have you found an error, or know of something we’ve missed in one of our stories?
Please use the form below and let us know.

* Required
  • Please post the headline of the story or the title of the video with the error.

  • Please post exactly what was wrong with the story.

  • Please indicate your source for the correct information.

  • Yes


  • This will only be used to contact you if we have a question about your submission, it will not be used to identify you or be published.

  • Cancel

Having problems with the form?

Contact Us Directly
  • Print

You can comment on most stories on You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

You can comment on most stories on You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

Have Your Say

New to commenting? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscribers only. why?

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press Subscribers only. why?

The Winnipeg Free Press does not necessarily endorse any of the views posted. By submitting your comment, you agree to our Terms and Conditions. These terms were revised effective April 16, 2010.


Make text: Larger | Smaller


Winnipeg Cheapskate: Publicity

View more like this

Photo Store Gallery

  • Jia Ping Lu practices tai chi in Assiniboine Park at the duck pond Thursday morning under the eye of a Canada goose  - See Bryksa 30 Day goose challenge Day 13- May 17, 2012   (JOE BRYKSA / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)

View More Gallery Photos


Who do you think will win NHL's Calder Trophy for rookie of the year?

View Results

Ads by Google