Stephenville swimmer will carry our flag at Canada Games closing ceremonies

Brendan McCarthy
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CANADA GAMES

Erica Noonan, the Stephenville swimmer who is willing to try anything, will get to do something new today as Newfoundland and Labrador's flagbearer in the closing ceremonies for the 2009 Canada Summer Games in Charlottetown, P.E.I.

The 18-year-old Noonan learned of the honour Thursday night just minutes after winning her third silver medal of these Games, this one in the women's (SWAD swimmers with a disability) 200-metre individual medley. Noonan, who won her other medals Thursday in the 100-metre SWAD breaststroke and butterfly, is the first athlete from this province to win three medals in a single Summer Games.

Erica Noonan - Photo by Brendan McCarthy

Erica Noonan, the Stephenville swimmer who is willing to try anything, will get to do something new today as Newfoundland and Labrador's flagbearer in the closing ceremonies for the 2009 Canada Summer Games in Charlottetown, P.E.I.

The 18-year-old Noonan learned of the honour Thursday night just minutes after winning her third silver medal of these Games, this one in the women's (SWAD swimmers with a disability) 200-metre individual medley. Noonan, who won her other medals Thursday in the 100-metre SWAD breaststroke and butterfly, is the first athlete from this province to win three medals in a single Summer Games.

Runner Ryan Brockerville of Marystown, who won a silver medal in the men's steeplechase, will carry Newfoundland's sign at the closing ceremonies.

In all, the province has won six medals at the Games, including bronze medals in men's rugby and women's fours rowing during the first week of competition.

Noonan was born without the lower part of her right arm. She was introduced to the War Amps program at an early age and wears prosthetic arms, including an electric one for school. However, she often goes without the device and admits this can cause her to be the object of some curiosity.

"Yes, sometimes people stare, but often, especially when its is children, I use it as an opportunity," she says. "With kids, it's maybe just because they haven't seen someone like me before. So I will ask them if they are wondering about my arm and I explain to them what it's about.

"It's just a little thing, but maybe it makes a little bit of a difference, too."

Noonan also had a fourth-place finish Friday, this one in the 50-metre SWAD freestyle final.

Other Newfoundland and Labrador swimmers with notable results Friday were Aaron Buckingham of St. John's, fourth in the men's 50-metre freestyle consolation final; Owen Daly of St. John's, eighth in the men's 50-metre backstroke consolation; and Nick Hogan of Steady Brook, 111th overall in the men's 1,500 metres.

Hogan will be one of four swimmers from the province competing in this morning's 10-kilometre open-water swim, one of the last events before this afternoon's closing ceremonies.

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Two days ago, Newfoundland and Labrador's men's soccer team had good reason to believe it would be playing for a medal today at the Canada Summer Games in Prince Edward Island.

However, back-to-back losses to Atlantic rivals mean they will be playing for seventh place instead.

At Lower Montague, P.E.I., on Friday afternoon, it was the host team that defeated Newfoundland by a 3-1 score. The loss came less than 24 hours after Newfoundland suffered a 1-0 defeat to Nova Scotia on a goal that came on a free kick in extra time.

If Newfoundland had won Thursday's contest, it would have been guaranteed a spot in either the bronze- or gold-medal today. Instead, it will be taking on British Columbia in a game that will decide seventh and eighth places at the UPEI artificial surface pitch in Charlottetown.

"I think what happened today was really a carry-over from what happened yesterday," said Newfoundland and Labrador head coach Albert Anstey.

"The boys did the very best they could do today, but I think it was pretty clear that the disappointment (about Wednesday) was still affecting them.

"You can shake off tough losses, but that one was so especially tough that you can't expect them to shake it off that easily."

Keegan Ezekiel of St. John's scored against Nova Scotia for Newfoundland, which is 1-2-1 in the tourney, with six goals for and seven against.

P.E.I., one of the big surprises in the tournament after defeating Ontario and losing to Alberta in a game that went to overtime, will play New Brunswick for fifth place.

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Elsewhere for Newfoundland at the Games on Friday:

° Newfoundland and Labrador's female volleyball team defeated Prince Edward island 3-0 (25-14, 25-18, 25-18) and will finish ninth in the competition. Newfoundland was led by Maura Hayes of Cupids (10 kills), Erin Bursey of Weybridge (nine kills) and Adrienne Penney of Corner Brook (six kills, three blocks).

° At Montague, Newfoundland's female wrestlers weren't involved in an medal bouts and all lost their consolation/placing matches, leaving them anywhere from sixth to ninth in the final standings within their divisions.

° In track, Ryan Brockerville of Marystown was 10th in the men's 1,500 metres the day after winning a silver medal in the men's steeplechase. Patrick O'Grady of St. John's was 11th in the same race.

Former high school basketball star Jess Puddister of St. John's was 12th in the women's heptathlon.

Newfoundland wasn't involved in golf or baseball competition on Friday.

bmcc@thetelegram.com

Organizations: Nova Scotia for Newfoundland

Geographic location: Newfoundland and Labrador, Stephenville, Canada St. John's Charlottetown Marystown Prince Edward Island Steady Brook Lower Montague Nova Scotia British Columbia Ontario Alberta New Brunswick Corner Brook

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