Ready to tee off

P.E.I.’s Canada Games golf team pol­ish­ing their clubs for Win­nipeg

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - SPORTS - Fran­cois Caron Fran­cois Caron is the cen­tral re­gion co-or­di­na­tor for the sport, recre­ation and phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity di­vi­sion of the P.E.I. De­part­ment of Health and Well­ness. He has at­tended nine Games and will be Team P.E.I.’s as­sis­tant chef de mis­sion durin

Golf was in­tro­duced as a demon­stra­tion sport dur­ing the 2009 Canada Games and has con­tin­ued as part of the reg­u­lar cal­en­dar of sports.

This year’s golf team will be send­ing a full com­ple­ment of ath­letes, in­clud­ing three male and three fe­male golfers. The Sean Joyce-coached team was se­lected this past week­end af­ter par­tic­i­pat­ing in the At­lantic cham­pi­onships in Church Point, N.S. This event was the fi­nal of six qual­i­fy­ing tour­na­ments played in 2017 to select the team.

The men will be rep­re­sented by Tyler Hashmi, Alex Tay­lor and Ja­son Po­ley while the women’s team is made up by Lexi Mur­phy, Mya Chisholm and Reese Mac­Don­ald.

While in Win­nipeg the team will com­pete at the South­wood Golf and Coun­try Club in team and in­di­vid­ual play. The com­pe­ti­tion gets started on Tues­day, Aug. 8, af­ter the ath­letes have had a few days to fa­mil­iar­ize them­selves with the course.

Dur­ing the past eight weeks I’ve in­tro­duced you to the 21 sport teams that will be rep­re­sent­ing P.E.I. at these 50th Canada Games. There is one other team that has been work­ing be­hind the scenes to en­sure all the lo­gis­ti­cal plan­ning is looked af­ter. This is the mis­sion staff and is led by chef de mis­sion Brian McFeely and con­sists of 14 other sport vol­un­teers. Each week, part of this group will be on the ground in Win­nipeg sup­port­ing our teams by look­ing af­ter the non-com­pe­ti­tion re­quire­ments so the teams can fo­cus on com­pet­ing.

The mis­sion staff will also be work­ing in part­ner­ship with Ja­son Mal­loy of The Guardian, who will be in Win­nipeg, to tell the sto­ries of the Games from a P.E.I. per­spec­tive. Ja­son will be telling those sto­ries through The Guardian and Jour­nal Pioneer plat­forms while the mis­sion staff will be send­ing out a daily E-news­let­ter that you can sub­scribe to, post­ing to so­cial me­dia and up­load­ing photo gal­leries daily.

The 2017 Games will also fea­ture live we­b­cast­ing of ev­ery sin­gle sport event from ev­ery venue for the first time and more than 40 hours of broad­cast cov­er­age. You can find out more about all these com­mu­ni­ca­tion ser­vices at www.team­pei.ca.

These, along with all the other lo­cal me­dia out­lets, who do such a great job of cov­er­ing our teams, should keep all Is­lan­ders up-to-date on Team P.E.I. hap­pen­ings while in Win­nipeg.

One of the ques­tions I of­ten get is “What is your favourite Games mem­ory?”

I could go through each set of Games and list a cou­ple, but there is al­ways that mo­ment dur­ing the cer­e­monies, where I’m look­ing at all the teams dressed in their provin­cial colours while the host com­mu­nity is proudly show­cas­ing their cul­ture, sto­ries and peo­ple, and I think to my­self I’m a very lucky per­son to get to ex­pe­ri­ence this.

On Thurs­day, the first group of the 231 ath­letes and 60 coaches and man­agers, who make up Team P.E.I., will be de­part­ing from the Char­lot­te­town Air­port en route to Win­nipeg to par­tic­i­pate in the Games.

These 50th set of Canada Games should of­fer a won­der­ful plat­form for them to en­joy ex­pe­ri­ences that will last a life­time. Stay tuned to their re­sults and sto­ries.

Let’s go P.E.I. #TeamPEI2017.

SUB­MIT­TED

The P.E.I. Canada Games golf team stands ready to take on the coun­try when the golf event be­gins Aug. 8. Mem­bers of the team are, from left, head coach Sean Joyce, Tyler Hashmi, Ja­son Po­ley, Alex Tay­lor, Mya Chisholm, Lexie Mur­phy, Reese Mac­Don­ald and man­ager and men­tal per­for­mance coach Tara Costello.

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