Purvis getting familiar with the Canada Games podium

WELLAND, Ont. — The Selkirk Dolphins Swim Club may need to build an additional trophy rack for Teagen Purvis, who won his third Canada Summer Games medal on Tuesday.

WELLAND, Ont. — The Selkirk Dolphins Swim Club may need to build an additional trophy rack for Teagen Purvis, who won his third Canada Summer Games medal on Tuesday.

Purvis won gold in the Special Olympics 100-metre backstroke, his second gold for Team Manitoba in as many days. She also has a silver medal.

“I feel so good. I’m so proud and my heart is racing with excitement,” said Purvis, who is coached by Melissa Diamond. “And I also want to congratulate everyone at the Canada Games.”

Purvis won gold in the Special Olympics 100-metre freestyle on Monday, then added a silver medal in the Special Olympics 50-metre breaststroke.

Halle West of Winnipeg was thrilled to win her second medal, taking silver in the 200-metre breaststroke on Tuesday. The 19-year-old took silver on Monday in the women’s sprint.

“My first time here, it’s been so cool, everyone is so happy,” West said. “It would be really cool to win another medal. I’ll be first in the 100m breaststroke (Wednesday), but I’ll do my best and no matter what, I’ll be happy.”

West’s teammate Eric Dupre, 17, of Winnipeg, won the bronze medal in Tuesday’s 400-metre freestyle. He became the first Manitoba athlete to medal in the race since 2005.

“It’s crazy to think about it – I didn’t know that, wow. I’m excited for the rest of the Games.”

Some of the other big pool winners on Tuesday included:

Delia Lloyd of Ontario, gold medalist in the women’s 100m backstroke, Thomas Caruso of British Columbia, gold medalist in the men’s 100m backstroke, Katie Cosgriffe of Ontario, gold medalist in the 50m backstroke feminine (S1-5);

Bailey O’Regan of Ontario, gold in the women’s 400-metre freestyle, Aidan Erickson of British Columbia, gold in the men’s 400-metre freestyle, Julie Brousseau of Ontario, gold in the 200 women’s breaststroke, Cole Tanner of Alberta, gold in the men’s 200-metre breaststroke;

Leilani Fack of British Columbia, gold medal in the women’s 50-metre butterfly, Chris Weeks of Newfoundland and Labrador, gold medal and Games record in the men’s 50-metre butterfly, gold medal of the Ontario in the women’s 4×100 meter freestyle relay and British Columbia gold in the men’s 4×100 meter freestyle relay.

Ontario topped the medal standings with 29, including 13 gold medals. British Columbia is second with 27 medals, followed by Quebec with 18 and Alberta with 16.

Manitoba has eight medals and Newfoundland and Labrador has five. Those with a medal are Nova Scotia and New Brunswick.

Heading into Wednesday’s fourth day of competition, five teams are still looking for their first medal of any color.

This report from The Canadian Press was first published on August 9, 2022.

The Canadian Press

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