Nova Scotians Post World-Class Results

From Birmingham, England, to Lake Banook, Nova Scotians excelled on the international stage in August. 

We take a look at some of the medal highlights from a memorable month.

Paddlers Deliver at Home

Nova Scotia paddlers contributed to three medals at the ICF Canoe Sprint and Paracanoe World Championships in Dartmouth.

Julia Lilley-Osende of Dartmouth (Mic Mac club) and Sloan MacKenzie of Windsor Junction (Cheema) were part of the C4 500-metre crew that captured gold for Canada.

The team also included Sophia Jensen of Edmonton and Katie Vincent, who is from Mississauga, Ont., but now lives in Halifax.

Canada trailed Poland and Hungary early but managed to surge to the front, edging runner-up Poland by just 0.17 of a second.

“With about 200 metres to go, I swear the energy of the crowd brought us in,” Lilley-Osende told The Chronicle Herald. “We heard them all cheering and we were like, ‘It’s now or never.’ ”

Connor Fitzpatrick of Dartmouth (Senobe) combined forces with Vincent for a convincing win in the C2 mixed 500m while Bret Himmelman of Hammonds Plains (Maskwa) and Craig Spence of Dartmouth (Cheema) paddled to bronze in the men’s C2 1,000m.

Fitzpatrick and Vincent finished nearly two seconds ahead of the runner-up crew from Germany.

“What an unreal race and memory to have, winning at home on Lake Banook,” Fitzpatrick said in an Instagram post.

Bringing Home Medals from Birmingham

At the Commonwealth Games, Sarah Mitton of Brooklyn, Queens County, continued her incredible season with shot put gold while boxer Wyatt Sanford of Kennetcook won bronze. 

Mitton, 26, delivered a clutch toss of 19.03 metres in her final throw to rise from third to first.

“I fought hard through every throw until I figured it out,” Mitton said in an Instagram post. Just two weeks later, Mitton won another international gold. She managed the second-best throw (20.15m) of her life for the victory at the North and Central American & Caribbean (NACAC) Championships.

Meanwhile, Sanford, 23, lost on points in the semifinals to Scotland’s Reese Lynch in the men’s 63.5-kilogram division. But by reaching the semis with three straight wins, he earned the third-place medal.

Hockey gold for Kidney, Canada

Team Canada, including centre Riley Kidney from Enfield, won gold at the 2022 world junior hockey championship in Edmonton.

In the final, Canada edged Finland 3-2 in an overtime thriller.

Kidney is a second-round pick of the Montreal Canadiens.

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