Athletes from the Trinity-Conception-Placentia region have long been counted among the top in the province.
With the conclusion of the 2014 NL Winter Games in Clarenville last weekend, they’ve proven it again.
More than a dozen athletes from this region accounted for five of the 11 gold medals obtained by the Avalon team.
Leading the way were Bay Roberts brothers Nick and Michael Hiscock. The two walked away with two gold medals each in male table tennis.
Heading into the high profile sporting event, the brothers were considered heavy favourites to medal.
The double gold medalists contributed to the team gold picked up by the Avalon male team.
Avalon edged Mount Pearl/South 5-4 in the championship match. Other members of the team are Makile Hynes (Brigus) and Robert Hicks (Carbonear).
But, the Hiscocks would not stop there. Nick would next grab gold in the male under-17 competition.
Not to be outdone, younger brother Michael registered a gold medal in the under-13 division.
In figure skating, Coley’s Points’ Ethan Parsons picked up the gold in the senior men’s open competition.
Parsons’ Conception Bay North Skating Club teammates Brianna Russell and Andrew Littlejohn delivered a gold medal in the pre-juvenile dance competition.
Meanwhile, regional athletes not only brought home gold medals. There were also a slew of silver and bronze medals captured as well.
The male hockey team was narrowly defeated by Western 3-1 in the championship game. Harbour Grace’s Ryon Williams had the lone goal for Avalon.
Members of the Avalon silver medal team are: Cameron Simms (Coley’s Point), Colin Parsons (Bareneed), Josh Williams (New Harbour), Mark Barrett (Spaniard’s Bay), Mason Oates (Bay Roberts), Michael Hopkins (Bay Roberts), Noah Mercer (Bay Roberts), Owen Petten (Clarke’s Beach), Ryan Petten (Clarke’s Beach), Ryon Williams (Harbour Grace) and Zachary Bennett (Bay Roberts).
The Avalon badminton team had a strong chance to grab the gold from Labrador, but was defeated by a slim margin of 3-2 in the final.
After the male doubles match, Avalon was up 2-1 heading into the final two matches. However, Labrador would storm back picking up wins in mixed doubles and female doubles to clinch the title.
Members of the badminton team are: Andrew Parsons (Ochre Pit Cove), Chris Smith (Spaniard’s Bay), Jennifer Tuck (Winterton), Katie Keats (Burnt Point), Morgan Eddy (Lead Cove) and Taylor Norman (Spaniard’s Bay).
The female hockey team was the first to bring medals home to this region. Avalon soundly defeated Labrador 3-0 to win the bronze medal.
Members of the team are: Abigail Gambin (Dunville), Brooke Williamson (Bareneed), Courtney Caravan (Bay Roberts), Emma Gilbert (Green’s Harbour), Emma Russell (Blaketown), Kaila LeDrew (Clarke’s Beach), Kaityln Mayne (Hopeall), Karissa Bradbury (Whitbourne), Kelsey Shute (Harbour Grace), Kristen Shute (Harbour Grace), Samantha Pike (Harbour Grace), Shelby Batten (Port de Grave) and Tyra Lannon (Placentia).
Bareneed’s Jenna Efford brought home a bronze medal in the pre-novice women division, while Dunville skater Allison Walsh delivered a bronze in the senior bronze women division.
Other notable local results at the games include the following:
• Male volleyball (Avalon) — fourth;
• Male basketball (Avalon) — sixth;
• Female basketball (Avalon) — fourth;
• Joey Hutchings (cross country skiing) — fifteenth, male one kilometre sprint classic; fourteenth, male five kilometre free;
• Taylor Hutchings (cross country skiing) — tenth, female one kilometre sprint classic; seventeenth, female five kilometre free;
• Kathryn Petten (figure skating) — fourth, STAR5 women (under-13);
• Katie Dawson (figure skating) — fifth, senior bronze women;
• Toni-Lynn Parsons (figure skating) — fifth, juvenile women;
• McKenna Mercer (figure skating) — fourth, juvenile women; and
• Male wrestling (Eastern) — sixth;
• Female wrestling (Eastern) — sixth.