Sport Quarterly: Mitton’s New Mark, PaddleAll and More

Shot put superstar Sarah Mitton is at again.

Mitton didn’t just beat the Canadian women’s outdoor record in May — she shattered it.

The 25-year-old Olympian from Brooklyn, near Liverpool, threw 19.58 metres at the Golden Horseshoe Prep Meet in Hamilton.

The previous Canadian record of 19.28 was set by Brittany Crew in 2019.

It was just this past February that Mitton set the Canadian indoor record of 19.16 at a meet in New York.

Cheverie Breaking Barriers

Kori Cheverie of New Glasgow is the first woman to coach a Canadian national men’s hockey team.

Cheverie, 35, earned the distinction this spring when she went behind the bench as an assistant for the under-18 squad at the IIHF world championship in Landshut and Kaufbeuren, Germany.

Firsts aren’t new for Cheverie.

In 2016, she became the first female full-time assistant coach with a U Sports men’s program when the Ryerson Rams hired her.

Cheverie was also an assistant with Canada’s national women’s team, which skated to Olympic gold this year in Beijing.

Test Matches Set for Halifax

National team rugby action is coming to the Wanderers Grounds in Halifax.

The Canadian senior men’s and women’s 15s teams will be playing test matches on July 2 and Aug. 27, respectively.

The men’s team faces Belgium on July 2, marking the first international test match in Halifax since 2018.

The women’s clash against Wales in August is their last warm-up match on home soil before they head to the Rugby World Cup in New Zealand in October.

The Canadian rosters are likely to feature local content with the likes of Cooper Coats of Halifax and Emma Taylor of Scotsburn, Pictou County, excelling in national team play.

Olivia DeMerchant is from New Brunswick and Alysha Corrigan from PEI, but they’ve lived and trained in Halifax.

PaddleALL to Make World Debut in Dartmouth

PaddleALL exhibition races will take place during the 2022 ICF Canoe Sprint and Paracanoe World Championships in Dartmouth this August.

Canoe Kayak Canada’s PaddleALL programming encourages athletes with intellectual disabilities to train and race to be their best in sport.

It will mark the first time PaddleALL competitors have participated in an ICF World Championship event. Showcasing PaddleALL athletes at a world-class event is expected to help in the global goal of promoting paddling as a fully inclusive sport.

The exhibition races start Aug. 4 and will be open to international and domestic entries.

World Hockey Silver

Winger Drake Batherson of Port Williams and defenceman Ryan Graves of Yarmouth helped Canada to silver at the world hockey championship in Helsinki, Finland.

Finland won the May tournament, defeating Canada 4-3 in overtime in the final.

Batherson, of the Ottawa Senators, and Graves, of the New Jersey Devils, both played key roles for Canada.

In the quarter-final, Batherson scored a power-play goal 43 seconds into overtime as Canada rallied to beat Sweden 4-3. Graves also scored in that game.

Tye, Leslie Prepare for World Cup

A pair of Nova Scotians are front and centre as Canada’s under-20 women’s soccer team prepares for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Costa Rica in August.

Cindy Tye, who grew up in Dartmouth, is the head coach and Annika Leslie of Halifax is the only Nova Scotian player.

Canada qualified by winning six of its eight matches for third place at the CONCACAF tournament in March. The team opens World Cup action Aug. 11 versus South Korea.

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