Aug. 28, 2009
SUMMERSIDE, P.E.I. (CNB) – Team New Brunswick won three medals, including its first gold, yesterday during women wrestling competitions at the Canada Games in Prince Edward Island.
Alyssa Cleaves won NB's first gold medal of the Games by winning the -49 kg category in wrestling action. Valérie Ouellette and Valérie Godin each captured the silver medal by losing in the final bout.
"I am very happy with my medal and by winning NB's first gold medal of the games," said Cleaves following her bout. "I feel very good having won this medal. I had already beaten her (her opponent) yesterday, and I went undefeated during the tournament. The match was very tight, but I know all the training I did this summer was worth it. I want to continue and go to nationals next year. I have been wrestling for one year, and I want to recognize the work of my coach Pat Zwicker; he is a great coach."
Valérie Godin was all smiles even if she lost her final match.
"My objective was to win a medal," she said. "I would have loved to win gold, but I am happy with my performance. I have been wrestling for one year, and I enjoy individual sports because I am responsible for my performance. My training this summer was worth it and I am doing much better."
Wrestler Valérie Ouellette said her training this summer enabled her to win this medal.
"I give it all I had," she said. "I did wrestle against her before in another tournament. I really enjoyed my Canada Games experience; it's the best experience of my life to date. I am happy to have come to the games. I will continue because my efforts have been worth it."
Team NB has seven medals, including four last week and three this week.