DEER LAKE, NL — Table tennis and badminton players from Dorset Collegiate were expected to be among the best at the Newfoundland and Labrador Winter Games last week, and they did not disappoint.
All but one of the eight table tennis players for Team Central at the Games were from the Pilley’s Island school – a school that has dominated the provincial circuit for the past four years, including four consecutive provincial titles.
The players captured team gold in boys Under-14 (Carter Walters and Nate Taylor) and Under-17 (Riley Vincent and Hare Bay’s Joshua Waterman, the lone competitor outside the Green Bay South school); and girls Under-17 (Haley Elliott and Karlee Warren) and Under-14 (Sarah Warren and Laura Callahan).
Elliott repeated the gold performance in the Under-17 girls individual competition, while Callahan, Walters, Waterman and Karlee Warren earned silver medals, and Sarah Warren captured bronze.
In badminton, five of the eight central players were from Dorset Collegiate. Benjamin Tizzard, Ty Winsor, Ashton Thomas, Angel Wiseman and Brianna Warren combined with Dylan Collier and Tia Cox from St. Alban’s and Gabriel Hunt from Gaultois to win the team gold.
Other notable accomplishments
The boys hockey team from central, which included Noah Walsh of Baie Verte and Marty Bowers and Noah Robinson of Middle Arm, captured bronze. The team went 3-0-1 in the tournament.
The girls curling team out of Springdale featuring Mikayla Tuck, Jessica Jacobs, Lilly Jacobs and Abbie Rowsell, battled hard in their first-ever competitive competition, losing the bronze-medal game to place fourth.
The girls hockey team from central, featuring Jenna Lilly, Cieara Chatman and Kylea Keough of Springdale, also fell in the bronze-medal game to finish fourth.