Riva, Francois top podium at Canada Summer Games

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Ardy Ramezani, Vikes Communications

August 19, 2013, Victoria, BC (ISN) – University of Victoria Vikes athletes posted strong results against the country’s best at the 2013 Canada Summer Games held from Aug. 2-17 in Sherbrooke, Que. Nine members of the Vikes track team and seven members of the rowing teams represented their respective provinces at the games and medalled in nine different events.

On the track, Canada West first team all-stars Adam Gaudes, Cole Peterson, and Thomas Riva competed against each other in the men’s 800-m and all made it past the preliminaries to the finals. Riva, who was representing B.C., ran a time of 1:48.91 in the finals to earn the silver medal, while Gaudes (New Brunswick) and team Alberta athletics captain Peterson followed behind with respective times of 1:50.50 and 1:52.49.

Riva and Peterson met once again in the 1500-m and both qualified for the finals where Riva ran a personal best of 3:45.87 to claim gold. Peterson followed close behind with a time of 3:47.18 which put him just shy of the podium.

Both Gaudes and Brendon Restall competed in the men’s 4×400-m relay. Restall anchored B.C. to a podium finish as they picked up the silver medal with a time of 3:09.30, while Gaudes and his New Brunswick team which finished in 3:19.03 seconds.

For the women, the CIS first team All-Canadian trio of the Rachel Francois, Grace Annear and Kendra Pomfret all took to the track to compete in the women’s 800-m. Contesting in the finals, Francois ran a time of 2:04.96, just .01 seconds behind fellow Alberta teammate Jenna Westaway to earn the silver medal. Annear followed with a time of 2:12.74.

Following the 800-m event, Francois joined her Alberta teammates in the 4×400-m relay, where she added another medal to her tally as they claimed the gold medal in a time of 3:38.46 seconds.

In addition to track success, Vikes rowers also found the podium as men’s rowers Brandon Carnduff, Mark Davies, Sean Decter, and Connor McSweeny finished in second place in the men’s quadruple sculls. The duo of McSweeny and Davies added another medal to B.C.’s medal count as they earned the bronze in the men’s doubles.

Representing Alberta., Vikes rowers Garber and Hogman helped claim the bronze in the lightweight fours, while incoming recruit Eryn Pawluck, who will be joining the women’s team in the fall, claimed the gold medal for B.C. in the women’s eight.

Over 4200 athletes competed at this year’s Canada Games. Finishing at the top of the medal standings was Ontario with 213 medals followed by Quebec and British Columbia with 173 and 122 medals respectively.

The Canada Games serve as a two-week pan-Canadian multisport event and are held every two years, alternating between the winter games and the summer games. The next games will be held in Prince George, B.C. in the winter of 2015 and the next summer games will be held in 2017 in Winnipeg, Man.



Men’s 5000-m

DNF Ryan Cassidy

5th Ben Weir (14:44.64)

Men’s 800-m

2nd Thomas Riva (1:48.91)

7th Adam Gaudes (1:50.50)

10th Cole Peterson (1:52.49)

Men’s 1500-m

1st Thomas Riva (PB: 3:45.87)

4th Cole Peterson (PB: 3:47.74)

Men’s 3000-m Steeplechase

4th Patrick Psotka (9:11.88)

9th Ryan Cassidy (9:25.86)

Men’s 4×400-m Relays

2nd British Columbia, Brendon Restall (3:09.30)

7th New Brunswick, Adam Gaudes (3:19.03)

Women’s 800-m

2nd Rachel Francois (2:04.96)

7th Grace Annear (2:12.74)

DNS Kendra Pomfret

Women’s 1500-m

13th Kendra Pomfret (4:39.82)

Women’s 4×400-m Relay

6th New Brunswick, Grace Annear (3:47.74)


Women’s Eight

1st British Columbia, Eryn Pawluck (6:12.03)

Men’s Quad

2nd British Columbia, Brandon Carnduff, Mark Davies, Sean Decter, Connor McSweeny (6:00.69)

Men’s Double

3rd British Columbia, Connor McSweeny and Mark Davies (6:34.09)

Men’s Lightweight Four

3rd Alberta, Sam Hogman and Sam Garber (6:30.48)

Men’s Four

4th Alberta, Sam Hogman and Sam Garber (6.07.63)

Men’s Single

5th British Columbia, Sean Decter (7:38.96)