Team Manitoba had a huge medal haul at the 2017 Canada Summer Games on Thursday, taking home its first gold medal, along with two silver and three bronze.
After winning a pair of bronze medals on Monday, Manitoba was held off the podium on Tuesday and Wednesday. But the province’s athletes made their presence known on Thursday.
Team Manitoba capped off the winning day with a bronze and a new provincial record in the women’s 4×100.
Winnipeg runner Victoria Tachinski edged out Alberta’s Natalie McDougall and Ontario’s Katrina Innanen in the women’s 400-metre race to take gold in the afternoon.
Just before Tachinski reached the podium, Winnipeg’s Regan Hofley was being presented with a silver medal in the female Special Olympics 100-metre final.
Her time of 13.990 was just behind Ontario (gold, 13.790) and ahead of Nova Scotia (bronze, 14.000).
The day’s medal take started in the morning with the women’s rowing team — Emma Gray, Abby Dent, Justine Gillert, and Gabriella Yakemow — winning bronze in the quadruple sculls.
“Pretty surreal. It’s a pretty incredible experience. I don’t think it’s really hit any of us that we just won a bronze medal at the Canada Games,” Gillert told CBC News in an interview after the race. “After all the pain and we caught our breath … We all kind of teared up a little.”
Gray is the flag-bearer for Team Manitoba in the Games. She said the group knew going into their final heat that they had a good shot at making it to the podium.
“We kind of just kept our heads forward and made a pact that the only way we were going to see a boat was if we were ahead of them,” she said.
Yakemow said each…