James Gillis wins bronze medal in high jump at Canada Games
-by Bill Dunphy
James Gillis (right), of Port Hood, set a personal best of 2.08m in the high jump to win a bronze medal at the 2013 Canada Games in Sherbrooke, Que., on Aug. 15. With him on the podium are silver medalist Al Mansaray (left), of Manitoba; and gold medalist
James Gillis overcame a nagging ankle injury to win a bronze medal at the 2013 Canada Games in Sherbrooke, Que., on August 15th.
The Port Hood native helped Team Nova Scotia set a new record for medals with 56, exceeding the 2011 mark of 52.
Despite a setback in training because of the bad ankle, Gillis set a personal best of 2.06 metres in the high jump at the Canada Games qualifying meet held in Halifax two weeks before the Games.
And on Aug. 15th in Sherbrooke, he exceeded that jump with a new p.b. of 2.08m to earn a bronze medal in his second appearance at the Canada Games.
In an interview before the Games, Gillis had a feeling he was going to do well in Sherbrooke.
“It’s good to be going back for a second time. That was my first p.b. in two years after having surgery on my ankle,” he said. “It’s still pretty messed up and not 100 per cent.
“But I want to win, and I have what it takes to win, to at least get on the podium,” he said.
“Last year was really frustrating, but I’m glad I stuck with it. This Canada Games is what I was shooting for.”
James could not be reached in time for comment on his performance.
Hayley Wilson, of Port Hood, was also at the Games, but not in her specialty event of triple jump. She competed in the women’s 100m, finishing fifth in her heat with a time of 13.06 seconds and ending up 17th overall.
In a news release, premier Darrell Dexter congratulated Team Nova Scotia athletes on their record-breaking performance at the games and thanked coaches, managers and mission staff for their support and commitment to the athletes.
“I am unbelievably proud of Team Nova Scotia and everything they have accomplished at these games,” said Dexter. “Our athletes had a great Games experience, surpassing their previous record and bringing home 56 medals. It’s been an exciting two weeks for our athletes, as well as for their families and fans, culminating in a strong finish against some great competitors.
“On behalf of all Nova Scotians, congratulations, Team Nova Scotia. You’ve done a great job and had a record-breaking games. I hope you take some time to enjoy this moment.”
Nova Scotia finished fifth among the ten provinces and three territories. Ontario (213), Quebec (172), British Columbia (122), and Alberta (118) were the top four teams.
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