Team Yukon athletes broke personal bests this week at the Canada Summer Games in Niagara, Ont.
Mara Roldan ended her Games on a high with a fifth-place finish in the 12km road race on August 18.
This is the Yukon’s best result to date at Niagara 2022.
The 18-year-old was chosen as the flag bearer for Team Yukon after winning junior criterium gold at the national road championships earlier this summer.
She said the first week was “pretty hard” for her.
“I was entering mountain bike week with goals and bad luck kept me from achieving them.”
Roldan faced muddy and wet racing conditions in his first event, cross-country mountain biking, on August 8. She crashed and couldn’t finish.
Then, on August 12, his bike chain broke early in the race in the mountain bike sprints.
“It was quite frustrating not being able to really perform at all,” she said. “However, things have changed this week on the road bike.”
Roldan is proud of her last 12km road race at the Games. Even after crashing on lap three, she managed to finish fifth out of 31 runners.
“It was tough racing against older riders, but super fun and exciting. It is for sure an experience that will remain etched in my memory.
After falling, Roldan said she doubted she could catch the peloton.
“But I got up quickly and with the help of the editorial team cars I was able to put in a big push and catch up. After that I focused on recovery and on my position for the final sprint that got me fifth place,” she said.
The most difficult hurdle for Roldan to overcome at these Games was his crash in the race last Monday. She fell hard and into a tree. Her left leg was injured which prevented her from competing at her best.
“Luckily I recovered quite quickly,” she said, “and was able to be back in shape for this week’s events.”
Now that his Games are over, Roldan is flying straight to Les Gets, France to compete in the 2022 World Junior Championships, which take place next week.
After that, she will stay in Europe for stage races with the Dutch national team.
“It’s going to be a pretty exciting month,” Roldan said.
“These games were definitely a mix of ups and downs, but one thing is for sure, I got a lot of racing experience here in Niagara. I was challenged both mentally and physically and overcame those challenges as best I could.
The track and field team began its Canada Summer Games on August 16 with the 100, 400 and 1500 meter qualifications.
All of the 100-meter sprinters – Eban Basnett, Andres Insley, Amélie Guilbeault and Sylvie Sandiford – achieved personal bests, according to a press release.
Insley finished his race with a time of 12:72 and Basnett ran it in 13.10. Guilbeault’s time was 13.86 and Sandiford’s was 14.09.
On August 17, track and field athletes faced a wet day in Ontario.
Glade Roberts threw a personal best in the javelin and the women’s 4×400 relay team finished ninth overall, edging out Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland.
Team Yukon’s canoe and kayak athletes performed well at the Welland International Flatwater Centre, qualifying for seven finals.
All of the paddlers achieved personal bests on Tuesday and Wednesday while competing against much older athletes.
On August 16, Kaleb Parry cut his time in the men’s C-1 500m by eight seconds.
Bruce Porter and Rogan Parry cut four seconds off their personal best in the K-2 1000m. Brothers Mason and Kaleb Parry ran C-2 1000m and cut 11 seconds.
On August 17, everyone improved their time from heats to the B final.
Kaleb Parry smashed his previous personal best in the Men’s C-1 1000m by 30 seconds with a time of 5:15.781. He and his brother, Mason Parry, set personal bests in every race for the C-2 500m.
Joel Girouard, Rogan Parry, Bruce Porter and Tycho Roy-Gelinas competed in the Men’s K-4 500m and finished seventh.
Juliane Girouard had the best result of the day on August 18, finishing sixth in the K-1 200m.
She also competed in back-to-back mixed races with Kaleb Parry in the C-2 500m and her brother, Joel Girouard, in the K-2 500m.
Both the men’s and women’s teams lost their opening games to the Northwest Territories and Nunavut respectively.
The Team Yukon men’s volleyball team earned a four-set victory over Prince Edward Island in their second game of the Games on August 17.
This is the second time a Yukon team has beaten a province at the Canada Summer Games. The first was in 2013, also against Prince Edward Island
The men’s team picked up another win on August 18, defeating Nunavut 3-0.
The women’s team lost their second game against Newfoundland and their third against Nunavut.
At Legends on the Niagara Golf Course, Drake Cooper and Jase Johnstone both shot an 83 on their first round.
They improved their scores in the second round. Johnstone shot 80, while Cooper shot 81.
The third round is scheduled for August 19 and the final round will take place on August 20.
The Team Yukon women’s soccer team lost to Ontario, the country’s largest province, in their first game of the Games.
Their second game against Prince Edward Island was tied at halftime but ended in a 5-1 loss.
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