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Pictou County’s track athletes help lead the N.S. charge


Published on July 14, 2017

Shown are four of the Pictou County athletes who will represent Nova Scotia in track and field at the 2017 Canada Games later this month. From left are: Logan Coulet, Tatum McLean, Breanna Sandluck and Megan Graham. Missing from photo are Jake Temple, Lauren Quann, Heather Beaton and Kaelan Schmidt.

©Kevin Adshade

STELLARTON – Breanna Sandluck wasn’t expecting to make the provincial team that will travel to Winnipeg later this month for the Canada Summer Games.

She was in for a very pleasant shock.

“My mom got a text telling her to check the Canada Games list,” said the 17-year-old Thorburn resident, who competes in the steeplechase.

“She called me and said ‘apparently, you are on it.’ I saw my name there and I was very surprised.”
Sandluck, who is heading into her senior year at North Nova Education Centre, is one of eight local athletes representing Nova Scotia in track and field.

“I’m nervous,” about the thought of competing at the Canada Games, she said, just before heading for a workout at the Pioneer Coal Track and Field facility this week.

“Nervous, but excited.”

Logan Coulet is another athlete from Pictou County who, to his surprise, found himself joining Team Nova Scotia.

“I didn’t expect to go at all,” he says. “It was a dream of mine, but I wasn’t expecting it.”

The 19-year-old student at Acadia University started taking the high jump seriously when he was in Grade 11 and now, just a couple of years later, he’ll be wearing his province’s colours in Manitoba.

“It feels amazing a dream come true. I’m honoured to be able to represent Nova Scotia.”

 

Track Facts

 

Breanna Sandluck

Age: 17

School: NNEC

Hometown: Thorburn

Event: 3000m Steeplechase

Logan Couter

Age: 19

School: Acadia University

Hometown: New Glasgow

Event: High Jump

Tatum McLean

Age: 17

School: Acadia University

Hometown: Green Hill

Event: Hammer throw

Megan Graham

Age: 19

School: Acadia University

Hometown: Trenton

Event: High Jump

Lauren Quann

Age: 18

School: University of New Hampshire  

Hometown: Pictou

Event: Heptathlon

Kaelan Schmidt

Age: 18

School: Dalhousie University

Hometown: Sutherlands River

Event: High Jump, triple jump

Heather Beaton

Age: 22

School: Dalhousie University

Hometown: Stellarton

Event: 400m, 4X400 relay

Jake Temple

Age: 17

School: Pictou Academy

Hometown: Pictou

Event: Javelin