Koperqualuk finishes 10th in rifle shooting
Badminton athletes advance to quarter-finals Thursday
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.”
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.
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.
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.