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HITTING THE SAND – Kendra Peters digs the ball during her beach volleyball match Saturday in Swift Current, Sask. Photo by TEAM YUKON/SARAH LEWIS

Checking in on team Yukon in Swift Current

The Western Canada Summer Games are underway and we have a weekend worth of events to look at. Let’s get started.

By John Tonin on August 12, 2019

The Western Canada Summer Games are underway and we have a weekend worth of events to look at. Let’s get started.

We will begin in the pool where swimmer Mia Barrault won a silver medal in the 50-metre backstroke. Barrault finished the race in 35.52, a second behind the first-place finisher Elle Couture of Alta.

Barrault also won a bronze on Sunday in the 100-metre backstroke. She posted a time of 1:18.75.

Staying with water sports but moving outdoors kayaker Julianne Girouard earned two bronze medals to put in her trophy case.

Her first bronze was won on Saturday at Lac Pelletier Regional Park in the K-1 1000-metre race. Girouard posted a time of 4:46.85 to earn third place. AJ Winsor and Seren Elise Hampshire both of Alta., were first and second.

With the distance cut in half, Girouard earned bronze in the K-1 500m race Sunday.

The top three in the race were separated by one second. Girouard paddled to a time of 2:28.83. Julia Ailii Demchuk and Hampshire rounded out the top three.

All the paddlers on Team Yukon will be deep in the competition again today.

The girl’s basketball team dropped their opening three matches against Manitoba, Alberta, and N.W.T. but look to get back in the win column today against Saskatchewan.

The boy’s team also dropped their opening games to the three above mentioned provinces. Their game against the N.W.T. was a close game and the Yukon fell by six points 64-58. They too will be looking for their first victory against Saskatchewan.

The Yukon cyclists started their Games with time trials on Saturday. Ava Irving was the top Yukon athlete finishing 13th. The other cyclists for the territory all posted top 20 times.

In Sunday’s road race Mara Roldan came 14th, the highest Yukon finisher.

The girl’s soccer team opened their tournament with losses but will look for their first win today against Manitoba.

The boys opened with a 2-1 loss to Alberta but defeated N.W.T. 3-0. They will also face Manitoba today.

On the beach, both the Yukon girls teams, Black/White, dropped their opening games. In the re-pooling stage, the Yukon teams squared off with team Black winning.

On the boys’ side, both the teams lost their opening matches and also had to play each other. The Black team defeated White 2-1.

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