LEWIS WINS BRONZE

Len­nox Is­land res­i­dent calls it ‘a win for my com­mu­nity and prov­ince’

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

Len­nox Is­land res­i­dent picks up P.E.I.’s first medal at North Amer­i­can In­dige­nous Games

As Lo­gan Lewis cel­e­brated and re­ceived con­grat­u­la­tions, his thoughts were never far from home.

The 19-year-old res­i­dent of Len­nox Is­land won a bronze medal in 3D archery at the North Amer­i­can In­dige­nous Games on Thurs­day. It was Team P.E.I.’s first medal of the com­pe­ti­tion.

“I was think­ing if I get a medal it will not only be a win for my­self and my fam­ily,” said Lewis. “Win­ning the medal is a win for my com­mu­nity and prov­ince.”

Lewis and Dar­cie Au­gus­tine, also of Len­nox Is­land, were P.E.I.’s two com­peti­tors in 3D archery. Au­gus­tine’s fi­nal plac­ing was not known at press time.

“Re­al­is­ti­cally, both Dar­cie and Lo­gen are both in­ter­me­di­ate shoot­ers, and our feel­ing was if we could sneak into a medal po­si­tion it would be a huge achieve­ment,” said Team P.E.I. coach Dun­can Craw­ford. “Our goal was to have them peak at these Games. Both Dar­cie and Lo­gen had mul­ti­ple per­sonal bests.”

Lewis got off to a strong start, and com­pleted Day 1 in third place. He dropped to fifth on the sec­ond day be­fore re­bound­ing for a strong fin­ish on the fi­nal day.

“Archery is as big a men­tal game as much as a phys­i­cal game,” said Craw­ford, who ac­knowl­edged nerves af­fected Lewis on Day 2.

Some good con­ver­sa­tions be­tween ath­lete and coach pre­pared Lewis for Thurs­day.

“Go­ing into the fi­nal day, I was a lot more con­fi­dent,” said Lewis, who moved back into third po­si­tion af­ter the morn­ing shoot. Craw­ford’s in­struc­tion to Lewis for the fi­nal af­ter­noon was to “main­tain a high level with­out be­ing too ag­gres­sive.”

Lewis fin­ished with a 20-plus­point lead over the fourth-place fin­isher, noted Craw­ford.

Lewis said he didn’t feel any ex­tra pres­sure in his fi­nal two rounds know­ing he was in medal con­tention.

“I was com­pletely fine,” he said. “I was in a zone. I came here think­ing I was go­ing to do ex­actly that, and if I don’t get a medal I’m still go­ing to be happy with my score be­cause I was do­ing my per­sonal best over­all.”

Lewis ad­mit­ted he was “re­ally ex­cited” af­ter learn­ing he medalled.

“It was like everything com­bined at once, it was the best thing ever,” said Lewis, who

added the mo­ment would not have been pos­si­ble with­out the sup­port of his par­ents, Bob and

Lynn Lewis, and sis­ter, Bre­anne Lewis.

This was not the first time Lewis has worn P.E.I.’s colours at the North Amer­i­can In­dige­nous Games. Team P.E.I’s flag­bearer for this year’s open­ing cer­e­monies fin­ished fourth in wrestling in Regina in 2014.

Craw­ford also praised Au­gus­tine’s ef­forts and per­for­mance.

“For a young lady who re­ally got her equip­ment in the last three months, she put in a good amount of time, she worked at it and I’m thrilled with her per­for­mance,” said Craw­ford. “Any time you can have an ath­lete go to the big­gest com­pe­ti­tion of their life and achieve mul­ti­ple per­sonal bests, not only have the ath­letes done everything they could, it’s also very re­ward­ing as a coach.”

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

-PHBO -FXJT PG -FOOPY *TMBOE JT BMM TNJMFT BT IF QPTFT XJUI UIF CSPO[F NFEBM IF XPO JO JO )BNJMUPO 0OU *U XBT UIF öSTU NFEBM XPO CZ 5FBN 1 & * BU UIJT XFFL T DPNQFUJUJPO % BSDIFSZ 5IVSTEBZ BU UIF /PSUI "NFSJDBO *OEJHFOPVT (BNFT

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Canada

© PressReader. All rights reserved.