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Swimmer Softball Player to Carry Nova Scotia Flag

first_imgSoftball player Meghan Brown and swimmer David Sharpe will carry the Nova Scotia flag at the 2009 Prince Edward Island Canada Summer Games. “Meghan and David have been chosen for this distinguished honour not only because they are tremendous athletes, but because of their academic accomplishments and community work. They have both proven themselves as strong leaders and team players,” said Maureen MacDonald, Minister of Health Promotion and Protection. On Aug. 15, in Summerside, P.E.I., Ms. Brown will lead Team Nova Scotia, carrying the Nova Scotia Flag into the Opening Ceremony. Mr. Sharpe will hold the flag for the Closing Ceremony on Aug. 29, in Charlottetown. “Meghan and David exhibit a strong commitment to sport, to the team, and to Nova Scotia. We’re proud to have them carry the Nova Scotia flag,” said Ms. MacDonald. Ms. Brown, 18, is from Lower Onslow, Colchester Co., and has recently completed her first year at the University of New Brunswick in the bachelor of arts program. Her athletic accomplishments include being rookie of the year on her high school fastball team, team co-most valuable player in 2007 and MVP in 2008. She was named top pitcher at the 2006 Midget Eastern Canadians and all-star pitcher at the 2007 Midget Eastern Canadians. Ms. Brown also gives back to her community by coaching fastball and organizing fundraisers and tournaments. She has been described as a team-builder in every sense of the word. Her personal role models are her parents are her goals for the Games are “To gain experience, play hard, and do the best I can.” Mr. Sharpe, 18, is with the Halifax Trojan Aquatic Club. He recently graduated from Citadel High School and plans to attend Dalhousie University in September. He is a medal hopeful in several events for Team Nova Scotia. Mr. Sharpe set provincial records 36 times from April 2008 to March and was Male Swimmer of the Year for Swim Nova Scotia. He was also the Age Group National Medalist in July in Montreal, where he won a gold medal in the 200m butterfly, silver medals in the 100m backstroke and 100m butterfly, and a bronze medal in the 200m individual medley. At the Halifax Trojan Aquatic Club, Mr. Sharpe is a team leader and a positive influence on his teammates. He is a role model for young athletes through his work coaching swim camps and younger age groups. “I like swimming faster than I’ve ever swum before,” said Mr. Sharpe. “I like watching myself improve. I almost enjoy racing myself as much as other people.” The Canada Games is the country’s largest amateur multi-sport event. About 4,400 athletes, artists, coaches and managers will gather in Prince Edward Island from Aug. 15 to 29 to compete for 1,500 medals in 18 sports. Partners supporting Team Nova Scotia include Sport Nova Scotia and the Department of Health Promotion and Protection, and official sponsors MEE Sports, Atlantic Lottery Corporation, CTV, 101.3 The Bounce, and The Chronicle Herald. For more information about Team Nova Scotia, please visit ns.canadagames.ca .last_img