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Para-alpine skier adds silver to Nova Scotia's medal count at Canada Games

Brenda MacDonald, right, and her father Stephen, who was her guide, pose for a photo after winning the silver medal in the para giant slalom at the Canada Winter Games on Tuesday.
Brenda MacDonald, right, and her father Stephen, who was her guide, pose for a photo after winning the silver medal in the para giant slalom at the Canada Winter Games on Tuesday. - Communications Nova Scotia/Len Wagg

Very few parents get to share in their child’s Canada Games experience the way Stephen MacDonald did on Tuesday.

Stephen served as daughter Brenda’s guide in a silver-medal run in the para giant slalom skiing event on Tuesday at the Nakiska Ski Resort in Kananaskis, Alta.

With the silver medals hanging from their necks, Stephen gushed about Brenda’s performance.

“It’s the most amazing thing to be on the hill with this young lady. She’s a powerhouse and I can’t believe I had the opportunity to share in this wonderful medal with my daughter at the Canada Games and represent Nova Scotia.”

Brenda, who is visually impaired, finished her two runs in two minutes and 27.58 seconds, just behind gold-medal winner Tess Beasant of Alberta (2:24.42).

Brenda was grateful to have her father on the medal run.

“It was amazing to have my dad guide me,” said the 20-year-old from Granville Ferry. “It was really nice to have someone that was family to help take me through the stressful situations.”

Brenda had a good feeling about Tuesday’s races.

“Coming into the Games I knew I was at the top of my game. Sometimes you just have a feeling, and that feeling came true today.

“Just knowing that all the training you have done in the year does work for something and what you have done will work.”

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The medal brought Nova Scotia’s total to four, two silver and two bronze.

Mitchell Larkin (Windsor) was 22nd in the men’s giant slalom, finishing his first run in 55.55. Callum Myers (Dartmouth) was 26th in 56.96 and Alex Erith-Ellwood (Middle Musquodoboit) 40th in 1:03.11. Grant Keefe (Halifax), Noah Hann (Halifax), Shane Sommer (Port Williams) and Cole Fraser (Bedford) didn’t finish.

Isabelle Henderson (Truro) is in 29th position after the first run in the women’s giant slalom. She finished in 1:01.84. Tori Pace (Halifax) is 34th (1:02.61).

Emily Todd (Halifax), Lily Oakley (Truro), Eliana Tzaneteas (Halifax), Elsie Gillis (Halifax) and Carmen Oulton (Port Williams) did not finish their runs.

ARCHERY

Kolby Boutilier (Lower Sackville) is tied for sixth place after the first round in men’s individual compound with a score of 560. Manitoba’s Austin Taylor leads with 585 points.

Ashly Hamel (Parrsboro) was tied for ninth after round 1 in the women’s compound.

Round 2 for the archers is on Wednesday.

BADMINTON

Miklos Kanyasi (Wolfville) lost 2-0 (21-13, 21-16) in a men’s singles quarter-final match to Alberta’s Kevin Lee.

HOCKEY

Nova Scotia dropped a hard-fought 4-3 shootout loss to Alberta on Monday night. Maddie Beck made 41 saves and Kara MacLean, Aimee O’Neill and Tiffany Hill had the goals for Nova Scotia.

Nova Scotia played British Columbia on Tuesday night.

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Caleb Rust (Elmsdale) lost in the quarter-finals of the 66-kilogram category against Finn Schroeder of British Columbia. Rust then dropped a decision to Quebec’s Justin Lemire in the repechage.

Robin Khairallah (Halifax) was beaten by Tobias Hood of Newfoundland and Labrador in the 60-kilogram division and Chris Campbell (Bedford) lost in the repechage of the 55-kilogram class to New Brunswick’s Tylor Collin.

SQUASH

The women’s team of Ella Brown, Jumana Abouelela, Madeleine Khan and Rawan Abouelela are 3-0 after wins against the Northwest Territories, Prince Edward Island and Manitoba on Tuesday.

Nova Scotia returns to action on Wednesday against British Columbia and Thursday versus Alberta.

Douglas Kosciukiewicz, Orlando Ramirez, Samuel Gallant and Emmet Workman defeated Newfoundland and Labrador 4-0 and tied Northwest Territories 2-2 in men’s team competition. On Wednesday, Nova Scotia takes on British Columbia and Alberta.

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