Tom Sherwin led Team Manitoba's canoe/kayak team to a bumper harvest of 15 medals Monday at the Western Canada Summer Games in Kamloops, B.C.
Led by Meagan Paracholski's gold medal, the track and field team also chipped in a silver and two bronze, for a grand total of 19 medals -- seven gold, six silver and six bronze.
Not bad for one day's work.
Sherwin, elder statesman of the canoe/kayak group at 19, claimed five of those gold medals. "I was expecting to do well in my singles events," he said, "but my doubles were much better than I had expected. Mohamed (doubles partner Crossman-Serb) was remarkable today. We had some really good races."
Sherwin's gold medals came in the men's C-1 1,000 metres in 4:41.3 minutes, the C-2 1,000 and C-2 200 with Crossman-Serb (4:15.90 and no time available) the C-1 500 (1:46.0) and the C-2 500, again with Crossman-Serb (1:52.0). The other gold medal was won by Kara Hummelt, who won the women's C-1 1,000 in 5:49.1.
Silver medals were won by Zane Clarke and Michael Delorme of Selkirk in the men's K-2 1,000 (3:56.7), the women's C-2 200 by Hummelt and Nadya Crossman-Serb (NTA), the men's K-4 500 by Mohamed Crossman-Serb, Delorme, Clarke and James Lavallee (NTA), the men's C-4 500 by Sherwin, Brandon Stamm of Lockport, M. Crossman-Serb and Jordan Smallwood of Winnipeg, and the women's C-4 500 by Ashley Grose of Winnipeg, Nadya Crossman-Serb, Stephanie Lowrie and Hummelt.
The bronze medal winners included Hummelt and N. Crossman-Serb in the women's C-2 1,000 (5:24.5), Delorme and Clarke in the men's K-2 200 (NTA), Hummelt in the women's C-1 500 (2:33.3) and Hummelt and N. Crossman-Serb in the women's C2-500 (2:22.7).
"The course has been fantastic," said Sherwin, who won 10 medals at the 2007 Western Canada Summer Games. "Every day it has been reasonably calm with a bit of a wind, but it's been hot, 30-35 every day. The heat affects us while we are on the water, but we try to stay in the shade, drinking a lot of water."
Reluctant to say that he is the leader of the team, Sherwin pointed out that the age limit at the Games is 19, and the average age of the team is about 16. "Some of the members have begun pretty recently and are a little shaky, but for the most part they are all performing fantastically. I mean, men's kayak got three medals, and we weren't expecting any at all."
On the track, Paracholski picked up gold in the women's 800 metres in a time of 2:12.81. The men's 4x100 relay team of Kevin Trapmore, Ben Allan, Wilfred Samking and Michael Akins, finished in second place (41.95), Max Cote was third in the javelin with a toss of 53.84 metres and the women's 4x100 relay team of Sade Ogungbemi, Paracholski, Mallory Walters and Melissa Kitching took third (47.32).
In late Sunday action, Paul Rydberg won a bronze for Manitoba in the decathlon with 5,223 points.
Tim Dunn of Carman had two singles in three trips to the plate Monday to drive in Manitoba's only run as B.C. hammered them 11-1. Manitoba is now 0-5 in the baseball round-robin.
Manitoba's women are 3-1 after completing the round robin phase of beach volleyball and the men's team finished with a 2-2 record. Both teams will enter the playoffs today.
In softball the Manitoba women enter today's playoffs having compiled a 2-3 round-robin record. The boys team is 0-5.