At the mid-point of the NAIG, which is taking place in Toronto from July 16 to 23, 2017, Sophie Picard, Chef de Mission, took stock of team EDN’s participation.
“Our delegation got off to a great start thanks to a young athlete named Jessy-James Paul-Cleary of Mashteuiatsh who won a gold medal in cross-country on Monday at the very beginning of the competition. This success helped us all get off to a good start and set the tone for other athletes and coaches.”
On Tuesday, the canoe-kayak team made a name for itself by winning no fewer than 16 medals in one day! “This was quite exceptional. Our youth were able to shine in the Under-14, Under-16 and Under-18 categories in the 1000m and 3000m races.”
Wednesday was a very lucrative day for team EDN in terms of medals. “The wrestling team won 2 gold, 1 silver and 3 bronze medals for a total of 6 medals. In athletics, team EDN won a gold medal in the women’s Under-19 category in the 1500m race, as well as two silver medals, one in the men’s Under-14 800m race and the other in the women’s Under-19 4x100m race and, finally, the canoe-kayak team won 9 new medals consisting of 2 gold, 4 silver and 2 bronze!”
However, as in any major event, not everything is perfect: “It has been extremely hot in Toronto during the competition with temperatures sometimes exceeding 35 degrees. This complicates matters because many competitions take place outside. To prevent heat stroke, we are ensuring that our athletes stay hydrated. We are very cautious.”
For the remainder of the Games, the Chef de Mission remains optimistic and enthusiastic. “The mission team and coaches are continuing their good work and we continue to encourage and support the athletes, to whom we wish the best of luck for the remainder of the Games. I also want to acknowledge the work of the many volunteers and officials who are doing a fantastic job.”
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