Vin­cent’s vic­tory hon­ours late grand­mother


Lexy Vin­cent was well pre­pared for her first women’s kayak race Mon­day at the Canada Sum­mer Games in Win­nipeg, but she stored a lit­tle ex­tra mo­ti­va­tion in her heart.

The 20-year-old Rideau Ca­noe Club pad­dler wanted to make her 1,000-me­tre race with On­tario team­mate Genevieve L’Abbe of the Ot­tawa River Ca­noe Club ex­tra spe­cial to honour her grand­mother, Liz Vin­cent, who passed away Fri­day.

The out­come couldn’t have been bet­ter as Vin­cent and L’Abbe pow­ered through a head­wind to win the gold medal in a time of four min­utes, 4.67 sec­onds. They won the race by more than five sec­onds.

“I wanted to race well, race my own race, so she (grand­mother) would be proud of me,” Vin­cent said, af­ter the medal cer­e­mony.

“Af­ter the race, it was pretty emo­tional. I knew I did a good race and she would have been happy, if she could have watched. I did speak to my grandpa (Bob) af­ter the race.”

L’Abbe called their race awe­some.

“We just wanted to lay down our best race,” she said. “We pulled some fast times last week and we wanted to see if we could get a medal.”

Que­bec’s Kather­ine Markhauser of Gatineau and Cor­rina Des­tiny Hig­gins of Mon­treal were fourth in 4:15.49.

Lindsay Ir­win of the Car­leton Place Ca­noe Club and Emily Howard of Mis­sis­sauga col­lected the bronze medal in the women’s C2 1,000 me­tres, while Que­bec’s Sophia Jensen of Chelsea and Juli­ette Brault of La­chine pow­ered to a seven-sec­ond-plus vic­tory in 4:25.72. Ir­win and Howard fin­ished in 4:34.68.

Last month, Jensen, 15, won two sil­ver medals in ju­nior C1 200 and 500 me­tres at the world U23 and ju­nior ca­noe sprint cham­pi­onships in Ro­ma­nia.

Rideau’s Isaac Finkel­stein scored fourth-place re­sults in the men’s C1 500 me­tres and C2 1,000 me­tres with Jack Tutty of Mis­sis­sauga.

Louis Ber­trand cap­tured the bronze medal in the men’s 800-me­tre freestyle timed fi­nal in 8:34.80, fin­ish­ing seven one-hun­dreths of a sec­ond ahead of fourth-place fin­isher David Quirie of the Ne­pean-Kanata Bar­racu­das Swim Club. Xavier Pi­mentel of Nata­tion Gatineau was seventh in 8:47.12.

In women’s in­door vol­ley­ball, On­tario zipped past Prince Ed­ward Is­land 25-3, 25-9, 25-10 and got by New Brunswick 25-21, 27-25, 25-20. Ella Stewart and Mia Work­man of the Ot­tawa Mav­er­icks pro­gram play for On­tario. Que­bec, which has Sarah McGlashan of Wake­field and Myr­iam Kay­serTourigny of Gatineau on its ros­ter, lost to New Brunswick 25-22, 16-25, 25-19, 25-18.

On­tario out­lasted New Brunswick in men’s in­door vol­ley­ball 25-20, 25-20, 25-20, and Que­bec downed Prince Ed­ward Is­land 25-14, 25-8, 25-17. Broth­ers Maxime and Alexan­dre St-De­nis and Ethan Kalef, all of Ot­tawa, play for On­tario, while Isaac Nes­bitt of Wake­field and Alexis Tournier of Gatineau are in the Que­bec lineup.

Ot­tawa’s Ma­lik Bhat­na­gar needed only an hour to de­feat Pay­ton Ni­col 6-0, 6-1 as On­tario blanked Saskatchewan 6-0 in its mixed team ten­nis quar­ter­fi­nal.

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