Team N.S. may become most improved team at Games
At the midpoint of the 2011 Canada Winter Games, Nova Scotia has only two medals so far—both in gymnastics—but the province is leading the race to become the most improved team.
Medal count isn't everything, says the host team for the Games, which have brought 2,700 athletes to Nova Scotia.
There are three awards to be won at the finish of the Games on Feb. 27—the Canada Games Flag, the Centennial Cup and the Jack Pelech award.
The Canada Games Flag goes to the team with the most points, and the performance of every athlete counts.
The Jack Pelech award is awarded to the province that combines a strong competitive performance with good overall sportsmanship.
The Centennial Cup goes to the province showing the greatest improvement since the last Winter Games.
Quebec, British Columbia and Ontario are all within one point of each other in the race for the Canada Games Flag.
Quebec has won 68 medals since the Games opened in Halifax on Feb. 11, and is at the top of the points standings.
But Nova Scotia is on track to win the competition for the Centennial Cup.
"A marvelous goal would be the Centennial Cup for this team," said Fred Garner, on the mission staff for Nova Scotia. "To me that's a better measure than how many gold medals or medals you get."
Garner said Nova Scotia is traditionally strong in several events coming up this week, including boxing, snowboarding and judo.
"I just hope everybody has the patience and waits until the whole event is over," Garner said. "I know people are measuring us now."
Like the race for the Canada Games Flag, Centennial Cup standings are calculated on every athlete's performance.
Right now Nova Scotia has 12 Centennial Cup points, and B.C. is in second place, with eight.