Team Alberta sets gold medal record

By rdnewsNOW staff
March 1, 2019 - 6:08am Updated: March 1, 2019 - 7:18am

Team Alberta has set one provincial record and is one the verge of breaking another at the 2019 Canada Winter Games in Red Deer.

Alberta athletes won seven medals on Thursday, including three gold medals bringing their total to 31 to surpass the mark for the most gold medals earned by the province during a single Canada Winter Games.

The previous mark was 30 gold medals set at the 1995 Canada Winter Games in Grande Prairie.

To date, Alberta has earned 88 medals at the 2019 Games, just three short of equalling the Alberta record of 91 total medals at the 2003 Canada Winter Games in Bathurst-Campbelton, New Brunswick.

Quebec remains the runaway leader in the overall medal standings at the 2019 Games with 137. Ontario is next with 92 followed by Alberta with 88.

On Thursday, Team Alberta earned medals in Figure Skating, Archery, Snowboard, and Cross-Country Skiing.

The long routine was featured Thursday to close out the Figure Skating competitions at the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre. Alberta earned three medals, including two gold and one bronze.

Matthew Newnham, 16, of St. Albert came back from the fourth position after the short routine, delivering an impressive skate jumping to a gold medal.

In the Dance Novice event, the Alberta duo of Isabel McQuilkin and Jake Portz skated their way to a bronze medal.

Kaiya Ruiter of Calgary, who is only 12 years of age, claimed the gold medal in Singles Novice Female. Earlier in January, Ruiter won the 2019 Canadian Tire National Skating Championships, setting the current Canadian Record in the event.

At Canyon Ski Resort, the snowboard team competed in the slopestyle event.

Kianah Hyatt-Sikora, 16, of Calgary took  home the top title with the solid first run, landing her 67.80 points. Teammate Kamilla Kozuback, 14, of Calgary had trouble on the first of two runs but bounced back with a solid run landing her on the podium with 53.80 points.

The snowboard competitions now move to Calgary, where the halfpipe events will be presented on Friday night.

In the cross-country skiing, Samuel Hendry, 19, of Canmore skied his way to the bronze medal. Hendry, a member of the Canadian National Junior Cross-Country Ski Team, was fifth in the Spring events earlier this week.

There is a single cross-country skiing event left on the calendar, with the Mixed Relay race to take place on Saturday.

At Westerner Park, Aaron Cox, 19 of Devon shot his way to a silver medal in archery.

The Archery competition resumes on Friday with the team events.


(With file from Team Alberta media release)

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