One weekend, three teams, three more medals for Nova Scotia goalball! It was another successful weekend on the goalball court for Nova Scotia at the Ontario Blind Sports Association 2023 Goalball Tournament.
Gold in Divison 1 (competitive men’s) – Team Nova Scotia
Gold in Division 3 (recreation) – NS Highlanders
Silver in Division 3 (recreation) – NS Ship Recs.
Congratulations to all!
Team Nova Scotia: Mason Smith, Matt Gentleman, Griffin Hiltz and Peter Parsons.
NS Ship Recs – Yvon Clement, John Courtney, Jennifer MacNeil Noble and Adam Noble.
NS Highlanders: Edward Laba, Caelin Lloyd, Bob Smith, and Linda MacRae Triff (player coach).
Coaches: Linda MacRae Triff, Robyn Merrithew, Peter Laba, Nick Gentleman.
Another weekend, another tournament, and more victories for Nova Scotia goalball! This time at the Durham Region 2023 Ontario Parasport Games.
Here’s the full update from Blind Sports NS goalball athlete & Chair, Peter Parsons.
“We had another great day of goalball. In our last round robin game, the two Nova Scotia teams played to a 4-4 tie. Me, Mason, Harry and Edward finished 2nd with a 2-1-1 record. Nick, Matt, Griffin and Yvon finished 3rd with a 1-1-2 record. They played the second Ontario team in the bronze medal game. It was tied 5-5 after regulation and went to extra throws (shootout) which was a first for the guys. They won in very exciting fashion! It was more nerve racking for me coaching I’m then playing!
I’m the gold medal game, we played the top Ontario team. In another exciting game, we were tied 5-5 after regulation and went to extra throws. Unfortunately we lost. It was a great experience having such close games with the Ontario teams. It was especially a great experience for our young guys. Edward is 18. Matt and Griffin are 17. Harry is 13. Mason and Nick are 23 and 20. We had an awesome weekend! I’m very proud of the guys who I’ve been coaching since they were quite young!
Edward and Alexis won bronze in division 3. Yvon won silver in division 3.
Thanks to Peter Laba and Alexis Nickerson for helping with coaching.”
The Nova Scotia men’s goalball team brought home some silver hardware this weekend! After entering the finals undefeated at the annual Montreal Open Goalball Tournament, they captured the first medal for Nova Scotia at this tournament since 2015.
Our very own Mason Smith was the tournament high scorer, with an impressive 29 goals.
Photo: In front of a goalball net in a gymnasium, from left to right: Broden Hiltz (assistant), Peter Parsons, Nick Gentleman, Griffin Hiltz, Matt Gentleman, Mason Smith, Linda MacRae Triff (coach)
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