Daily Wrap-up & Look-Ahead – Day #2 of Competition

Day #2 (September 10th) – Wrap-up

Today’s Medalists

Canada captured two medals on Day 2 of competition at the Commonwealth Youth Games on the Isle of Man:

  • Deshaunda MORRISON (Calgary, AB) won a Bronze medal in the Women’s 100m Hurdles in a time of 13.77 seconds. Her teammate Alexa HRYCUN (Edmonton, AB) narrowly missed the podium with a 4th place finish in 13.96.
  • Cody CROWLEY (Peterborough, ON) won a Bronze medal in the 75kg class in the Boxing competition after losing a very close semi-final bout against his tough Australian counterpart (12-14).


The track continued to be a friendly place for Team Canada on Saturday with some fantastic results for our Canadian athletes including:

  • Drelan BRAMWELL (Sarnia, ON) and Steven AJAYI (Toronto, ON) both advanced to the 200m semi-final on Sunday, clocking times of 21.79 and 22.07 seconds respectively;
  • Caroline MORIN-HOUDE (St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, QC) and Marie-Colombe ST-PIERRE (Lac-Etchemin, QC) both advanced to the Women’s 200m semi-final, stopping the clock at 24.40 and 24.89 seconds respectively;
  • Both Matthew SWANSON (North Vancouver, BC) (1:52.74) and Jordan WAND (Regina, SK) (1:55.18) qualified for the Men’s 800m semi-final on Sunday;
  • Vanessa MCLEOD (Toronto, ON) and Emma GALBRAITH (Merrickville, ON) both qualified for the Women’s 800m semi-finals on Sunday, clocking in at 2:15.34 and 2:16.42 respectively;
  • Christian GRAVEL (Vancouver, BC) finished 6th (3:58.81) and Troy SMITH (Grimsby, ON) 8th (4:04.09) overall in the Men’s 1500m; and
  • Jeremy COUGHLER (Port Hope, ON) finished 6th in the 2000m steeplechase with a time of 6:14.36.


Our Canadian team continued action today at the badminton venue at the National Sports Centre (NSC) in the doubles draw.

The men’s doubles team of Nyl YAKURA (Pickering, ON) & Nathan CHOI (Vancouver, BC) were the only team to advance to the semi-finals before a tough 2-0 loss to a strong pair from Malaysia. They will move on to play the Bronze medal match on Sunday.

Other doubles results included:

  • The Men’s Doubles team of Andrew LAU (Markham, ON) & Clinton WONG (Vancouver, BC) lost a close 2-1 match to India in the quarter-finals;
  • The Women’s Doubles Team of Kacey TUNG (Calgary, AB) and Vivian KWOK (Markham, ON) were defeated 2-0 in their quarter-final by a strong team from Australia; and
  • In Mixed Doubles, the team of Nyl YAKURA (Pickering, ON) and Christin TSAI (Surrey, BC) lost their close quarter-final match 2-1 to Malaysia.


The two remaining Canadian boxers displayed outstanding heart and determination in their semi-final bouts on Saturday at the National Sports Centre (NSC).

Jessy BROWN (Deroche, BC) will fight for a Gold medal on Sunday after a strong semi-final win (19-7) over his Zambian opponent in his 56kg bout.

Cody CROWLEY (Peterborough, ON) lost a very close match to his Australian counterpart (12-14) in the 75kg class. Cody’s performance won him a Bronze medal as the two unsuccessful boxers from each semi-final share the 3rd place podium.


The cycling team hit the roads of Douglas on Saturday for the individual and team road events.

In the women’s 45 km individual race, Janie RIOUX-COULOMBE (Sherbrooke, QC) was the top Canadian finisher in 11th place. Allyson GILLARD (Beaupré, QC) was 15th and Tennessee MAYER (Montréal, QC) finished right behind in 16th place.

In the Men’s 82.5 km race, Charles MATTE (Val-d'Or, QC) was the only Canadian in the top 10, finishing in 7th place overall. Simon-Pierre GAUTHIER (Boisbriand, QC) was 15th, Elliott DOYLE (Alma, QC) was 22nd and David ONSOW (Lachine, QC) finished in 24th place.

Both the Canadian Men’s and Women’s teams finished in 6th spot in overall team standings. The team totals were based on the cumulative results of the top 3 finishers for each country in the individual road race.


After an inspired Silver Medal performance in the team competition yesterday, the focus shifted to the Individual All-around competition at the gymnastics venue on Saturday. Kal NEIMER (North Vancouver, BC) finished in 5th place overall and his teammate Zachary CLAY (Chilliwack, BC) finished in 7th place.

Rugby Sevens

The Canadian side began Rugby Sevens action on Saturday with round-robin play in their 4-team pool. The results from Day 1 pool action would determine quarter-final seeding amongst the 8 teams and scheduling for Day 2 play.

A slow-start in their opening match against the perennial powerhouse and pool favourites from Australia resulted in a lop-sided 31-0 defeat. The second game against Scotland created the match-of-the-day in Pool A with Canadians dropping a nail-biter 15-14. In their final match, Canada released the day’s frustration on the overwhelmed host side from the Isle of Man in a lop-sided 50-0 win.

With a 2-1 record, Canada finished 3rd in their pool and will take on South Africa in the quarter-finals.


Day #3 (September 11th) – Look-Ahead


Canadians will continue to press for podium positions on the final day of Athletics competition on Sunday highlighted by the following:

  • Asianna COVINGTON (Surrey, BC), Canada’s opening ceremony flag bearer, will be competing in the Women’s Hammer Throw;
  • Matthew SWANSON (North Vancouver, BC) and Jordan WAND (Regina, SK) will compete in the Men’s 800m semi-finals;
  • Vanessa MCLEOD (Toronto, ON) and Emma GALBRAITH (Merrickville, ON) are gunning to qualify for a berth in the Women’s 800m final;
  • Taylor FARQUHAR (Belmont, ON) runs in the final of the 400m hurdles;
  • In the 4x100m relays, Drelan BRAMWELL (Sarnia, ON), Keefer JOYCE (Kelowna, BC), Steven AJAYI (Toronto, ON), and Denray JEAN-JACQUES (Ottawa, ON) will be running together in the Men’s event and Shaina HARRISON (Aurora, ON), Caroline MORIN-HOUDE (St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, QC), Marie-Colombe ST-PIERRE (Lac-Etchemin, QC) and Alexa HRYCUN (Edmonton, AB) will be pushing for the podium in the Women’s relay event;
  • Drelan BRAMWELL (Sarnia, ON) and Steven AJAYI (Toronto, ON) will be running in the 200m semi-final heats; and
  • Caroline MORIN-HOUDE (St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, QC) and Marie-Colombe ST-PIERRE (Lac-Etchemin, QC) have both advanced to the Women’s 200m semi-finals.


The Canadian badminton team will be focused on supporting their teammates, Nyl YAKURA (Pickering, ON) and Nathan CHOI (Vancouver, BC), as they play for the Bronze medal on Sunday against India. They are the only remaining Canadians left in the badminton competition.


Canadian hopes for a Boxing Gold medal will rest on the shoulders of Jessy BROWN (Deroche, BC). He will be battling for the top podium position in the Bantamweight - 56kg class against a tough opponent from England.


Our Canadian cyclists will turn their attention to the Criterium on Sunday, a 5-lap run around the 2k course on the tight streets of Douglas.

Allyson GILLARD (Beaupré, QC), Janie RIOUX-COULOMBE (Sherbrooke, QC), and Tennessee MAYER (Montréal, QC) will compete for the women and in the Men’s event, Charles MATTE (Val-d'Or, QC), David ONSOW (Lachine, QC), Elliott DOYLE (Alma, QC) and Simon-Pierre GAUTHIER (Boisbriand, QC) will be gunning for their second medal of the Games.


The last day of gymnastics competition at the National Sports Centre (NSC) will be focused on the Finals of the Individual Apparatus competition. Competing for Canada will be:

  • Zachary CLAY (Chilliwack, BC) in the Floor Exercise, Parallel bars, Pommel Horse and the Vault;
  • Curtis GRAVES (Saskatoon, SK) on the Horizontal Bar, Parallel Bars and Rings; and
  • Kal NEIMER (North Vancouver, BC) on the Horizontal Bar and Rings.

Rugby Sevens

After a 3rd place finish in their Pool on Day 1, a focused Canadian side will need to come out with a strong effort in their quarter-final match against a formidable side from South Africa. The result of that game will determine whether the team continues on toward the medal round or into the Consolation or “Plate” draw.

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