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Paddlers off to fast start at Canada Games

Nova Scotia is expected to dominate in paddling at the Canada Games and there is nothing to suggest otherwise after Monday.
Team Nova Scotia paddlers celebrate their medal wins at the Canada Summer Games on Monday. (TEAM NOVA SCOTIA)

Nova Scotia is expected to dominate in paddling at the Canada Games in Winnipeg and there is nothing to suggest otherwise after Monday's performance.

After 15 medals in all of Week 1 for Team Nova Scotia, the Bluenose paddling contingent posted seven — three gold, two silver and two bronze — in their first eight chances at the Manitoba Canoe and Kayak Centre.

Dartmouth's Connor Fitzpatrick and Ashley Card of Hammonds Plains each had two.

Fitzpatrick struck gold in the C-1 500 metres to get things started on the water. He beat Quebec's Clement Bouchard to the line by more than two seconds.

Card won gold in the K-1 500. She had a much closer clash with Hayley Plante of Ontario.

The men's K-2 1,000 tandem of Mark Marschalko of Waverley and Halifax's Jacob Steele had the third win, defeating a Quebec twosome by close to a second and a half.

Dartmouth's Zane Clarke, Nova Scotia's flag-bearer for the closing ceremonies, won silver in the K-1 500. Nick Matveev of Ontario won by a second and a half.

The K-2 1,000 crew of Card and Halifax's Anna Negulic placed second, more than five seconds behind an Ontario duo. 

Halifax's Nicole Jessop won bronze in the women's C-1 500. Anne-Sophie Lavoie-Parent of Quebec was the winner.

The men's C-2 1,000 crew of Fitzpatrick and Lower Sackville's Matthew Peachey also took bronze, losing silver by millimetres. The women's C-2 1,000 crew of Jessop and Halifax's Marlee MacIntosh placed fourth.

In other action Monday, the women's volleyball team split matches, sweeping Saskatchewan 3-0 before losing 3-1 to Manitoba. The men lost 3-0 to Saskatchewan.

The women's softball team lost 13-1 to B.C. and 8-1 to Alberta.

Madison Archer had the best result in the pool with a fifth-place finish in the women's 1,500 metres. The tennis mixed team lost 5-0 to Quebec in the quarter-finals.



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