The Canada Games wrapped up on Saturday with a pair of Westman athletes winning a medal.
Brandon’s Paige Thomson and Virden’s Heidi Smith secured bronze medals as the Manitoba women’s basketball team jumped out to an early lead and hung on to beat Alberta 62-54 in the third-place game.
Thomson was 1-for-3 from the field and recorded four points and seven rebounds in 28 minutes, 23 seconds of playing time. She also had one assist. Smith did not play in the game for Manitoba, which was coached by Brandon’s Don Thomson.
Brandon University Bobcat Chloe Reimer and her Manitoba partner Brittany Habing came up on the wrong end of their bronze-medal match on Saturday. The pair lost 2-0 (21-13, 23-21) to Quebec’s Rosalie Coderre and Sara Robichaud to miss the podium and finish fourth overall.
Brandon’s Michael van den Ham failed to pick up any points and finished 19th overall in the men’s criterium road cycling race to close out his Games on Saturday. Chris Prendergast was the top Manitoban, placing 10th.
Manitoba added two more medals to its record-setting amount on the final day, with the province winning bronze in women’s basketball and men’s beach volleyball.
Winnipeg’s Matt Schriemer and Matt Stubler went the distance to beat Quebec’s Samuel Duplessis and Daniel Moreau 2-1 (17-21, 21-17, 15-10) in their bronze-medal match on Saturday to reach the podium.
Manitoba finished the Games with 35 medals, the most it has ever won. Manitoba athletes won three gold, 11 silver and 21 bronze medals, which put it seventh overall. Ontario led the medal haul with 213.
Westman contributed to the medal haul as Brandonites Mary Thomson, Jodie Baker and Brandon Bobcat Shanlee McLennan were part of the women’s volleyball team — which was coached by Brandon’s Derek Richels and Souris’s Becky Young — that won bronze, while Manitou’s Olivia Thorleifson was on the silver-medal winning softball team.
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Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition August 19, 2013