Team Manitoba rounds home for silver
Manitoba’s men’s baseball team took home a silver medal at this year’s Canada Summer Games.
Team Toba, featuring East St. Paul’s Darnell Wyke, beat Nova Scotia 11-1 on July 29, then defeated Newfoundland 5-2 and New Brunswick 5-0 on July 30 before beating Prince Edward Island 10-4 on July 31. Manitoba played Ontario in the B group final on Aug. 1 at Shaw Park, defeating our eastern neighbours 3-2 to advance to the semi-final against Alberta on Aug. 3.
Manitoba beat Alberta 1-0 to advance to the final on Aug. 4. However, Saskatchewan proved the better team, defeating Manitoba 3-1 in a hard-fought final to win gold.
The baseball silver medal was Manitoba’s first since 1985.
Eckert wins silver in triple jump
Rebekah Eckert, a Murdoch MacKay Collegiate grad and University of Manitoba track and field athlete, took home a silver medal in women’s triple jump.
Jumping on home territory at the University of Manitoba Stadium on Aug. 1, 19-year-old Eckert took top place in Group A, with a jump of 12.01 metres.
In the final, on Aug. 3, Eckert improved on that distance with a jump of 12.33 metres. However, Ontario’s Jamilah James took home the gold with a jump of 12.4 metres. Laura Amoi, also of Ontario, took bronze with a leap of 12.29 metres.
Yakemow earns two bronze medals
Gabriella Yakemow, 18, took home two bronze medals in rowing at the Canada Games events in Kenora, Ont.
Yakemow, who graduated from Miles Macdonell Collegiate this spring, was part of the women’s double and quadruple sculls races.
In the double final on Aug. 4, Yakemow and teammate Emma Gray finished with a time of 7:38.72, behind B.C. (7:36.19) and Quebec (7:30.92). Abby Dent, Justine Gilbert, Gray and Yakemow made up the quadruple scull team, who also finished third on Aug. 3 with a time of 7:06.49, behind B.C. (7:05.48) and Ontario (7:02.44).
Lavallée paddles to podium
North Kildonan’s James Lavallée won bronze in the individual 500 metre kayak competition, finishing with a final time of 1:49.66 behind Nova Scotia’s Zane Clark and Ontario’s Nick Matveev on Aug. 7.