Western athletes gunning for medal podium in Clarenville

Dave Kearsey
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Noah Mugford, left, spikes the ball over the net at James Cleary during the Pasadena Academy Falcons U-16 boys volleyball team practice at the school Wednesday. The team is representing western at the Newfoundland and Labrador Winter Games in Clarenville March 1-9. — Star photo by Geraldine Brophy

Boys and girls from nooks and crannies throughout the province will converge on Clarenville for a celebration of sport and camaraderie.

Western will send its best athletes to Clarenville for the 2014 Newfoundland and Labrador Winter Games March 1-9 with hopes of winning a medal for their region of the province.

Earning a trip to the medal podium is always foremost on the mind of the athlete, but the Games are much more than trying to get the upper hand on a fellow athlete.

Athletes get to meet their counterparts from their areas, and from other sports. They also get to meet new friends from other parts of the province, all while being catered to by the host committee, which will be putting out the welcome mat to ensure everybody is well fed and rested.

The first week of the Games will feature competition in male and female basketball, bowling, cross-country skiing, female hockey and wrestling. The second part of the games will see western athletes pushing for medals in alpine skiing, badminton, figure skating, gymnastics, male hockey, table tennis and male and female volleyball.

Close to 1,500 athletes, coaches and officials will partake in the province’s showcase of young athletes in a variety of disciplines.

This year’s edition of Western is deep with some strong male and female athletes, as well as female and male teams expected to give the opposition a run for their money in the attempt to collect some hardware.

For a complete list of Western’s athletes competing in Clarenville this weekend see today’s Scoreboard on page 10 of The Western Star.

Geographic location: Clarenville, Western Star, Newfoundland and Labrador

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