Fraser twins leap­ing past the com­pe­ti­tion

42-year provin­cial long jump record bro­ken last week­end

The Citizen-Record (Cumberland) - - SPORTS - BY AN­DREW WAGSTAFF CIT­I­ZEN-RECORD AD­VO­CATE awagstaff@cit­i­zen­record.ca Twit­ter: ADNan­drew

Den­ver Fraser had trou­ble de­cid­ing which mo­ment was bet­ter, beat­ing a provin­cial long jump record that had stood for 42 years, or fi­nally beat­ing her sis­ter Gabby at triple jump.

“That’s a very tough choice,” she said, with a smile. “I think break­ing the record was a pretty good achieve­ment ... Gabby got one last year, so I had to get one this year.”

That might be her un­der­state­ment of the day. Her gold medal-win­ning 5.49-me­tre long jump at the NSSAF provin­cial cham­pi­onships in Stel­lar­ton on Satur­day bested the mark set by Ce­celia Branch in 1975. Branch is a Nova Sco­tia Sports Hall of Fame ath­lete who made the Cana­dian Olympic team in 1980, but did not get to com­pete in the Moscow games due to a boy­cott by west­ern na­tions.

“It was pretty wild,” said Den­ver. “I knew I had the po­ten­tial to do it be­cause my per­sonal best was around there. I just knew it would take all I could give, how­ever, I know I can do bet­ter.”

It was a mem­o­rable week­end for the 16-year-old twins from Ad­vo­cate, who al­ways thrive in com­pe­ti­tion against each other. This was their first year in the se­nior girls cat­e­gory.

Den­ver also cap­tured gold in the triple jump with a per­sonal best 11.08-me­tre jump, an event that her sis­ter usu­ally dom­i­nates. Gabby won the sil­ver medal with a 10.96-me­tre jump.

“Den­ver got a huge PB, 11:08, which is Canada Games stan­dard,” said Gabby, who couldn’t re­sist point­ing out that it still didn’t beat her PB in the event. “She doesn’t nor­mally beat me in triple jump.”

In fact, it was Den­ver’s first time beat­ing Gabby in triple jump since they were in Grade 7.

Den­ver also nar­rowly missed the podium with a fourth-place fin­ish in the 100-me­tre dash, while Gabby was fifth in the 200-me­tre and sev­enth in the 400-me­tre.

The two sis­ters ac­cu­mu­lated enough points be­tween them to place Ad­vo­cate sixth in the team stand­ings for se­nior girls.

“I guess we’ve just been work­ing hard all sea­son,” said Gabby. “We know what we have to do to get where we want to be and make sure by the end of the sea­son we did ev­ery­thing pos­si­ble we could do to com­pete at the best of our abil­i­ties. We have to prove that ev­ery other year was no fluke.”

Next year will be their last for high school track, and they are hop­ing to at­tract at­ten­tion from uni­ver­si­ties. At­ten­tion to their stud­ies has also been pay­ing off, with their marks usu­ally in the high 90s.

Man­ag­ing their time be­tween train­ing and study­ing has been another chal­lenge they have over­come.

“We work re­ally hard on our grades, and it’s go­ing well,” said Den­ver. “We have to man­age our time be­cause we train in Truro, and don’t get home un­til 11 p.m., then have to study and do home­work. We make sure school is a pri­or­ity for us, be­cause we re­ally want to get into a good school and hope­fully get a schol­ar­ship.”

Mean­while, they have another sum­mer ahead of them, and hope to once again com­pete in track at the na­tional level. Tri­als for the Canada Games and the Royal Cana­dian Le­gion na­tion­als

come later this month.

AN­DREW WAGSTAFF/CIT­I­ZEN-RECORD

Gabby (left) and Den­ver Fraser of Ad­vo­cate put in a strong show­ing at NSSAF track and field provin­cials again this year, cap­tur­ing gold and sil­ver in triple jump. Den­ver also won gold in long jump, break­ing a 42-year record.

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