Dou­ble duty

MacDougall broth­ers, Ni­chol­son and Boyd join­ing Week 2 ath­letes af­ter com­pet­ing this week

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - SPORTS - Ja­son Malloy

Four Is­land ath­letes are stay­ing in Win­nipeg to com­pete in the sec­ond week of the Canada Games.

Base­ball play­ers Lo­gan MacDougall, his younger brother Ben MacDougall and beach vol­ley­ball player Ethan Boyd, all of Summerside, will join the in­door vol­ley­ball squad while moun­tain biker J.T. Ni­chol­son of Corn­wall will com­pete in road cy­cling.

“Week 1 was a lot of fun, but now it’s over, (so) con­cen­tra­tion is kind of on Week 2 now,’’ Lo­gan said Fri­day morn­ing. “We’re re­ally look­ing for­ward to Week 2. Now we kind of know what it’s like (from) Week 1.”

Not many peo­ple get to play at the Games, fewer get to play both weeks and even fewer can say they did it with their sib­ling.

“It’s spe­cial,’’ Ben said. “It’s a long time here, but it’s also a fun time.”

Week 1 ath­letes were sched­uled to leave Win­nipeg Satur­day morn­ing while the rest of the Week 2 con­tin­gent, con­sist­ing of 105 ath­letes, 29 coaches/man­agers and four mis­sion staff, ar­rive later to­day in Win­nipeg.

“We’ve been train­ing with the same team for a year and a half now and be­come re­ally good friends, so it’s tough to see them go,’’ Lo­gan said of his base­ball team­mates, “but I’m sure we’re go­ing to see each other at home.”

While Is­land ath­letes have been to na­tional cham­pi­onships be­fore, at­tend­ing a mul­ti­sport cham­pi­onship is dif­fer­ent. There are more so­cial op­por­tu­ni­ties and there are more peo­ple

in the stands and around the ath­letes’ vil­lage.

It can make for a tough tran­si­tion, but Ben said they would be able to spread their knowl­edge with their team­mates.

“We’ll be fa­mil­iar­ized with the cam­pus a lot more than the other guys, so it’s eas­ier that way,’’ he said.

The MacDougalls grew up play­ing sports to­gether at home, whether it was throw­ing the base­ball around or play­ing

one-on-one basketball.

“I think that re­ally helped me with my mo­ti­va­tion and de­ter­mi­na­tion to win be­cause I al­ways wanted to beat him,’’ Ben said.

They haven’t played on the same squad in about five years.

“It’s nice to be on the same team. Its def­i­nitely more con­ve­nient for travel for our fam­i­lies,” Lo­gan said. “It’s pretty spe­cial.”

Their par­ents are in Win­nipeg and the fam­ily will spend the to­day to­gether as this is turn­around day at the Games.

Both of the MacDougalls have mem­o­ries that stand­out dur­ing the first week.

For Lo­gan, it was beat­ing their ri­vals from New Brunswick in the sec­ond day of the Games. Ben re­called a 1-for-3, two RBI game against the host Man­i­toba squad at Shaw Park in a con­test broad­cast live on TSN.

“It was spe­cial,” he said. “I’ll get home, watch that on TSN and have a few mem­o­ries from that game.”

JA­SON MALLOY/THE GUARDIAN

Broth­ers Ben, left, and Lo­gan MacDougall are stay­ing in Win­nipeg for the sec­ond week of the Canada Games.

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