‘EX­PE­RI­ENCE OF A LIFE­TIME’

Ath­letes not just part of their team at Canada Games, they make up Team P.E.I.

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - FRONT PAGE - BY JA­SON MAL­LOY

Ath­letes not just part of their team at Canada Games, they make up Team P.E.I.

Don­ald DeWolfe was in­trigued when he saw peo­ple row­ing in the Char­lot­te­town Har­bour.

“I was an avid sailor and spent (a lot) of time on the wa­ter and I saw these peo­ple out row­ing,” he said. “I thought, ‘Wouldn’t it be awe­some if I could go get a great work­out in and spend some time where I love, which is on the wa­ter?”

He took up the sport three years ago and later this sum­mer will rep­re­sent Prince Ed­ward Is­land at the Canada Games.

He was one of the 300 ath­letes, coaches and man­agers at Tues­day’s rally in Char­lot­te­town in prepa­ra­tion for the Games, which take place July 28 to Aug. 13 in Win­nipeg.

“You’re in for an ex­pe­ri­ence of a life­time,” said Peter Bolo, who will be at­tend­ing his fifth Canada Games, this time as part of the mis­sion staff. “It’s not a na­tional cham­pi­onship in what­ever sport you’re par­tic­i­pat­ing in. It’s Team P.E.I. and that’s what we’re here to celebrate tonight.”

DeWolfe re­mem­bers the early days of his row­ing ca­reer.

“It was a chal­lenge, but I love a chal­lenge. It was fan­tas­tic,” he said.

“Lots of time spent swim­ming,” he laughed, “but we per­se­vered.”

He will com­pete in the 2,000me­tre dou­ble skull with Tris­tan Rus­sell MacLean. He said be­fore the rally he is look­ing for­ward to meet­ing new peo­ple, com­pet­ing and rep­re­sent­ing the prov­ince.

“I’ve been get­ting more and more ex­cited lead­ing up to the Canada Games,” he said.

The row­ers will have a fi­nal tune-up event this week­end when they travel to Dart­mouth, N.S., for the Nova Sco­tia Sprints.

“We’ll es­sen­tially be sim­u­lat­ing what it’s go­ing to be like at the Canada Games,” DeWolfe said.

Soc­cer play­ers Lau­ren Reeves and Ali Muise thanked par­ents, guardians, coaches, man­agers and team­mates for their sup­port and to en­able them to play the sports they love.

“The team­mates we stand be­side to­day are our ex­tended fam­ily. They are who we turn to when we’ve had a tough game or when we need that ex­tra lit­tle sup­port,” one of them said. “There have been blood, sweat and maybe even a few tears shed, as we prac­tised, com­peted and trav­elled, but I’m sure we wouldn’t change a thing.”

More than 4,000 P.E.I. ath­letes have com­peted at the Canada Games dur­ing the past 50 years. Some of the 55 medal­lists were on hand for a spe­cial pre­sen­ta­tion dur­ing the games.

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Kylee Wal­lace, left, and Madi­son Day­ton ham it up for a photo be­fore Team P.E.I.’s ath­letes rally Tues­day in Char­lot­te­town. The Is­land con­tin­gent is pre­par­ing to com­pete at the Canada Games this sum­mer in Win­nipeg.

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Team P.E.I. hosted its ath­letes rally on Tues­day and in cel­e­bra­tion of the 50th an­niver­sary of the Canada Games some old Is­land gear was on hand. This year’s beach vol­ley­ball play­ers tried some of it out. From left are Laura Ready, Ty­nan Mur­phy and Ha­ley Wilt­ing.

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Ali Muise, left, and Lau­ryn Reeves are mem­bers of the Team P.E.I. women’s soc­cer team that will be com­pet­ing at this sum­mer Canada Games in Win­nipeg. Muise is from Char­lot­te­town and Reeves is from Sum­mer­side.

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