Fifteen-year-old Michael Gaulton of St. John’s won the men’s B championship at the 2014 Canadian Open Handball Championships over the weekend, and he did so in exciting fashion, edging Jared Vale of New York in an 11-10 tie breaker.
It was one of two crowns claimed by Gaulton at the event, held in Laval, Que., as he also captured also the 17-and-under one wall event, defeating Tymen Endlekort of Ontario 25-19 in the final.
Gaulton’s were just a couple of many titles won by Newfoundland athletes.
Alex Carew was a three-time winner, in 15 and-under-singles and one-wall — defeating Ivan Burgos of Ontario in both instances — and teaming up with fellow St. John’s handballer Noah Cote to take the 15-and-under male doubles.
Leslie Amminson of St. John’s paired with Maria Dugas of Nova Scotia to defeat Diane Vallee of Quebec and Alethia Mendez of New York for the women’s open doubles. Amminson then defeated Myra Koval of Calgary for the women’s B singles title.
In the 17-and-under doubles, Cote, filling in for an injured Jacob Vanderkloet, and Rahul Nair of St. John’s defeated Levi Reoch of Saskatchewan and Newfoundlander Ian Pumphrey in the final.
Peter Walsh, also of St. John’s, finished second in the male 19-and-under, losing in the final to Natanial Frank of Texas 21-9, 21-14.
Anna Carew of St. John’s was leading Kyle Flynn of Saskatchewan 10-6 in the final of the one wall before sustaining an injury and had to default.
All the top finishes contributed to Team Newfoundland — which also included Rahul Asokan and Sarah Dawe — winning the Richard Kearney Award as the top junior team in the tournament.