Team Nova Scotia finished the first week of the 2005 Canada Games in fifth place with 37 medals, and began the second week with a win in men’s softball. On Saturday, Aug. 13, the final day of week one competition, the men’s rugby team scored 20 points over Alberta’s 13 to capture the bronze. Women’s basketball also brought home bronze, winning 60-48 over British Columbia. On Friday, Aug. 12, swimmers captured two more bronze medals. Brooke Buckland won in the 50-metre backstroke. Special Olympian Krista Stockman picked up her third medal of the Games in the 50-metre freestyle. “I’m really pleased and proud of the performance of Team Nova Scotia in week one. It really showed determination and hard work on the part of all athletes, artists, coaches and managers,” said chef de mission Russell MacDonald. “I’m overwhelmed by the spirit displayed by all members of Team Nova Scotia.” Week two competition started Sunday evening with a men’s softball game against New Brunswick. The stands were packed as Team Nova Scotia cheered the men on to beat New Brunswick 5-0. Field hockey, rowing, men’s soccer, and men’s and women’s volleyball begin competition today, Aug. 15. The wrestling and diving events begin Tuesday. Team Nova Scotia athletes are supported by 45 coaches, 23 managers, two boatmen and 18 mission staff. Four young artists are participating in the National Artists Program at the Games, bringing the team’s total to 422 Nova Scotians. Team Nova Scotia is funded by Nova Scotia Health Promotion. Sponsors include the Atlantic Lottery Corporation, Avis, McDonald’s, ATV and the Chronicle Herald. The Games run until Aug. 20.
For the 11th year, residents and volunteers of the Kirkendall neighbourhood got together to support mission services.They spent the day collecting food for their annual Fill-a-Bus, Feed-a-Family food drive.HSR provided the bus to the community for the day.Volunteers loaded up the bus with a variety of non-perishable food items from the neighbourhood.The event collects enough food to last six to eight weeks. All of the food donations go directly to Mission Services in Hamilton.