Canada Games

Para-ath­lete won Team Nova Scotia’s first medal of the Canada Sum­mer Games

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South­west­ern Nova Scotia rep­re­sented in Win­nipeg.

Yar­mouth para-ath­lete Ryan Shay says it was very ex­cit­ing to be at the Canada Sum­mer Games in Win­nipeg. He pro­vided some ex­cite­ment for oth­ers when he won Team Nova Scotia’s first medal of the games.

Shay cap­tured the sil­ver medal in para-dis­cus on Mon­day, July 31.

“It wasn’t my far­thest throw,” said Shay, fol­low­ing the swel­ter­ing event. Shay had posted ear­lier in the day on his Face­book page that the tem­per­a­ture felt like 40 de­grees with the hu­mid­ity. “Con­sid­er­ing the heat, I did all right.”

Shay threw 11.5 me­tres. Not a per­sonal best, but good enough for sil­ver. In his other event of the games – para shot­put – Shay placed fourth in the fi­nals, achiev­ing a dis­tance 5.75 me­tres, which was be­low his usual dis­tances.

Shay had gone into the sum­mer games ranked third in dis­cus and sec­ond in shot­put. Prior to Win­nipeg he had won two gold medals in shot­put and dis­cus at an At­lantic cham­pi­onship event.

Ear­lier in July, Shay had achieved a per­sonal best in dis­cus at the Cana­dian Na­tional Track & Field Cham­pi­onships in Ot­tawa, throw­ing 12.20 me­tres. He had won bronze medals in dis­cus and shot­put at that com­pe­ti­tion.

Shay said par­tic­i­pat­ing in the Sum­mer Games open­ing cer­e­monies was “amaz­ing.”

“There were cer­e­monies done by in­dige­nous per­sons, a per­for­mance by artists in­clud­ing Ser­ena Ry­der, they lit the flame and most ex­cit­ingly I got to shake Justin Trudeau’s hand and take a pic­ture with him,” he said. “It was a blast and a great way to start the week.”

Shay has been in a wheelchair since he lost the use of his legs in a 2013 car ac­ci­dent in Yar­mouth that left him a quad­ri­plegic. In the last few years he has trained and com­peted in para- track events provin­cially, na­tion­ally and in­ter­na­tion­ally. He hopes to reach the Par­a­lympics in 2020.

This week he is turn­ing his at­ten­tion to Shay’s Op­por­tu­ni­ties for Dis­abled Youth sum­mer multi-sport camp that will be run­ning Aug. 8-11 in the Hal­i­fax area.

This was Shay’s sec­ond Canada Games. In 2015 he com­peted at the win­ter games in wheelchair basketball.

TEAM NOVA SCOTIA

Ryan Shay of Yar­mouth with his sil­ver medal that he won in dis­cus at the Canada Sum­mer Games.

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