A shining star

Alexa McQuaid named flag bearer for Team P.E.I.

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - SPORTS - Ja­son Mal­loy

Sil­ver medal­list Alexa McQuaid will lead Team P.E.I. into Sun­day’s closing cer­e­mony at the Canada Games in Win­nipeg.

It caps off a week that saw the 15-year-old Char­lot­te­town swim­mer fin­ished sec­ond in the 50-me­tre breast­stroke on Tues­day with a per­sonal best (PB) time of 33.48. She added a PB Thurs­day in the 100-me­tre breast­stroke A fi­nal, fin­ish­ing in 1:14.97.

“It’s re­ally ex­cit­ing,’’ said McQuaid, not­ing it will be an hon­our to carry the prov­ince’s flag for P.E.I. ath­letes. “I think it’ll be re­ally cool.”

McQuaid im­me­di­ately agreed to carry the flag when was asked Fri­day by chef de mis­sion Brian McFeely.

“I think she’s a great rep­re­sen­ta­tive of all of the ath­letes who have been here over the last two weeks,’’ he said. “It just makes sense that she will lead us into the closing.”

McFeely didn’t know McQuaid be­fore this week, but did know her mother, Kather­ine (Josey) McQuaid, and was present when she won a sil­ver medal at the 1985 Canada Games in Saint John, N.B. The mother and daugh­ter are the only Is­landers to win medals in the pool at the Canada Games.

Asked what stood out in the hours af­ter McQuaid won the medal, McFeely didn’t hes­i­tate.

“That great big smile never left her face,’’ he said.

McQuaid’s pre­vi­ous best swim­ming re­sult came last year in New Brunswick where she qual­i­fied for the Eastern Cana­dian cham­pi­onships. She en­tered this sea­son with big ex­pec­ta­tions.

“Win­ning a medal at the Canada Games was one of my main goals,’’ she said, not­ing a sense

of sat­is­fac­tion to achieve it. “It feels re­ally good.”

McQuaid said she re­ceived lots of sup­port from around cam­pus and back home in Prince Ed­ward Is­land since her medal-win­ning swim.

“Dif­fer­ent ath­letes on Team PEI said ‘Good job’ and I got a lot of text mes­sages,’’ she said.

The closing cer­e­mony be­gins at 4 p.m. At­lantic at the In­vestors Group Field, home of the CFL’s Win­nipeg Blue Bombers. The two-hour show will see Al­berta coun­try singer Brett Kis­sel, Win­nipeg en­ter­tainer Fred Pen­ner and Man­i­toba fid­dler Sierra No­ble take to the stage.


Alexa McQuaid was all smiles af­ter win­ning a sil­ver medal Tues­day at the Canada Games in Win­nipeg.

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