Nova Scotia sailing trio medal at Summer Games after marathon week
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They went into the Canada Summer Games among the elite young sailors in the country, and they didn’t disappoint on Thursday afternoon in Sherbrooke Que.
First it was Corrine Peters from the Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron, who captured silver in the female laser radial class. Shortly after that, her fellow RNSYS members Greg Simms and Devan Dube struck bronze in the 29er event.
Peters, who just weeks before the Games competed at the Youth Sailing World Championship in Cyprus, was ecstatic about her first Summer Games medal.
“After the youth worlds I was just trying to get my feet back on the ground and to just keep up my momentum,” she said. “I came here to win a medal and I’m so happy to be going home with one.”
Used to ocean training, the 18-year-old had to adjust to trickier, unpredictable lake conditions.
She went into her last of 12 races over six days on Thursday having won five of them, which guaranteed her an overall top three finish.
“I went into today hoping to win silver, and I did.”
After capturing the 29er Canadian championships held in Kingston last month, Simms and Dube came short of their goal of a gold or silver medal.
“We made a few mistakes that cost us, but we’re just happy to be coming home with a medal,” said Dube.
It could have been much worse for the pair. After a disastrous run on their second of six days of sailing, which set them back 10 points from the pack, they clawed back to an eventual third-place finish.
"We’re still third in the country," said Dube. "That’s not too bad."
Claire McNally of Bridgewater earned her second medal of the Games with a bronze performance in the 200-metre individual medley; Para division( 4:33. 34). New Glasgow’s Tim Ferris collected his fifth medal of the Games, earning a bronze in the 50-m freestyle; Special Olympics division (29.83). Sean Berrigan of Dartmouth struck bronze in the 50-m backstroke (27.17.)
Team Nova Scotia has a total of 13 medals at the Games.