Kop­erqualuk fin­ishes 10th in ri­fle shoot­ing

Bad­minton ath­letes ad­vance to quar­ter-fi­nals Thurs­day

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - SPORTS - BY JA­SON SIM­MONDS

Kul­lu­ayuk Kop­erqualuk is al­ready anx­iously await­ing the next North Amer­i­can Indige­nous Games (NAIG).

The 15-year-old from Don­agh fin­ished 10th over­all Wednes­day in the un­der-16 male ri­fle shoot­ing com­pe­ti­tion.

“The com­pe­ti­tion and the peo­ple that were in it were amaz­ing,” said Kop­erqualuk, a mem­ber of Team P.E.I. “Meet­ing other par­tic­i­pants was also great, and I hope to come back to the next one.”

Ri­fle shoot­ing coach Bob Lewis of Len­nox Is­land praised Kop­erqualuk’s ef­forts.

“This was his first ma­jor com­pe­ti­tion, and he did re­ally well,” said Lewis. “He’s only been shoot­ing for a year, and has done some cadet biathlon.”

Bad­minton

On the bad­minton court, a num­ber of Len­nox Is­land ath­letes have ad­vanced out of their pool com­pe­ti­tion, and will play in to­day’s quar­ter-fi­nals.

Kavon Bernard and Jesse Labobe will play in un­der-16 male dou­bles; Nikeda Sark and Keely Dy­ment will take to the court in un­der-16 fe­male dou­bles, and Alyssa Jo Bernard and Macken­zie Thomas will com­pete in un­der-19 fe­male dou­bles. Thomas and Sark will also take part in un­der-19 and un­der-16 sin­gles.

“We have six in­di­vid­ual/ teams play­ing off Thurs­day try­ing to ad­vance to the medal rounds,” noted Team P.E.I. bad­minton coach Robin En­man of Len­nox Is­land.

Ath­let­ics

Team P.E.I. also en­joyed suc­cess in ath­let­ics as the Is­landers reg­is­tered a num­ber of per­sonal bests in very tough con­di­tions. The soc­cer and ath­let­ics com­pe­ti­tions were both shut down late Wednes­day af­ter­noon due to the heat.

Al­lie Collings of Mon­tague (ninth in un­der-14 1,200 me­tres), Dy­lan Knock­wood of Scotch­fort (15th in un­der14 1,200 me­tres) and Jeremy Labobe of Elms­dale (16th in un­der-14 1,200 me­tres) com­peted in run­ning events.

Nelly Jadis, Sage Jadis and Des­rea Knock­wood, all of Scotch­fort, com­peted in the 80 me­tres.

Michael Jadis of Scotch­fort, Jeremy Labobe of Elms­dale and Trenna Mitchell of Len­nox Is­land all com­peted in shot put, and Mar­cus Pe­ter-Paul of Scotch­fort ran the 80 me­tres. Mitchell just missed ad­vanc­ing to the fi­nals.

Bai­ley Labobe of Elms­dale was in­jured and did not par­tic­i­pate in long jump.

Team P.E.I. coaches Jim Dono­van and Me­gan Mor­ri­son noted all Is­landers recorded per­sonal bests on Wednes­day un­der very dif­fi­cult con­di­tions.

Archery

In archery, Dar­cie Au­gus­tine of Len­nox Is­land shot 12 points higher than she did on Tues­day while Lo­gen Lewis, also of Len­nox Is­land, dropped 37 points. The up­dated plac­ings were not avail­able at press time.

Lewis en­tered Wednes­day in third place while Au­gus­tine was in 10th.

Kop­erqualuk

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