SHERBROOKE, QUE. - As the 2013 Canada Summer Games officially come to a close in Sherbrooke, Que., Team Nova Scotia has many reasons to celebrate, including surpassing its previous medal record and bringing home more than 50 medals.
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"I am unbelievably proud of Team Nova Scotia and everything they have accomplished at these games," said Dexter. "Our athletes had a great games experience, surpassing their previous record and bringing home 56 medals. It's been an exciting two weeks for our athletes, as well as for their families and fans, culminating in a strong finish against some great competitors.
"On behalf of all Nova Scotians, congratulations, Team Nova Scotia. You've done a great job and had a record-breaking games. I hope you take some time to enjoy this moment."
Highlights of the 2013 Canada Summer Games include 10 medals in swimming, with five of those won by Pictou's Timothy Ferris in the Special Olympics category. The province's paddlers built on the momentum from week-one athletes, with all members of the team receiving medals at the games. Team Nova Scotia also won medals in athletics, rowing and mountain biking.
For a full list of medals and results, visit teamnovascotia.ca.
"Team Nova Scotia has had a great competition," said Chef de Mission Lynda Shoveller. "Not only did they make it to the medal podium, they broke our previous medal record, achieved personal bests, and made new friends and lasting memories. I couldn't be more proud of what this team has accomplished."
Team Nova Scotia athletes achieved 16 gold, 18 silver, and 22 bronze medals, moving the province into a fifth place overall finish.
The Canada Summer Games took place Aug. 2-17. The games featured more than 4,000 athletes competing in 20 sports in 20 venues.
Team Nova Scotia also takes home the prestigious Jack Pelech Award, which is presented at the end of the games to the province or territory that best combines competitive performance, sportsmanship, cooperation, and friendship. The province has received the award twice before, in 1987 and in 2011.
Team Nova Scotia's contingent consisted of more than 400 athletes, coaches, managers and mission staff.
The Canada Games are held every two years, alternating between summer and winter. They are key in developing Canada's young athletes, producing the next generation of national, international and Olympic champions.
The 2015 Canada Winter Games will take place in Prince George, B.C., from Feb. 13 to March 1. For more information, visit canadagames2015.ca.