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Queens County medal winner hoping for a repeat performance when she competes at World University Games in Taipei

Sarah Mitton thanked her community for coming out to support her after she won a goal medal at the Canada Games in Winnipeg.
Sarah Mitton thanked her community for coming out to support her after she won a goal medal at the Canada Games in Winnipeg.

LIVERPOOL, NS - Sarah Mitton hasn’t stopped training since returning home to Brooklyn, Queens County after winning a gold medal in shot put at the Canada Games in Winnipeg earlier this summer.

That’s because she’s set to compete at the World University Games in Taipei, Taiwan. But first, Sarah’s community had the chance to congratulate her at a meet and greet at Queens Place Emera Centre in Liverpool Aug. 15.

“First of all, I’d just like to thank everyone for coming,” said Sarah. “I know that a lot of athletes that do great things don’t have the support I do from home.”

Sarah’s mother, Bonnie Mitton, was also at the congratulatory event.

“I was pretty excited,” she said about finding out her daughter had won a gold medal.

Bonnie had just arrived home from work when Sarah called to share the news. She said she wasn’t surprised because Sarah is hardworking and dedicated.

Sarah’s mother said there have been lots of ups and downs over the years. Some of the challenges have included trying to get funding, coaching and transportation.

“Overall, I think it’s taught her a lot – not just about sports, but about different things in life in general,” said Bonnie. “Overall, it’s been a good experience; I would do it again.”

Sarah Mitton stands with Susan MacLeod, deputy mayor of the Region of Queens Municipality. MacLeod spoke on behalf of the council of the Region of Queens.

Sarah’s father, Kirk Mitton, was streaming the event live from home, so he saw his daughter win her shot put event. He, too, was excited when he learned the results. Kirk said Sarah has worked hard and never given up on her athletic goals.

Sarah fell into her sport accidently . She was in Grade 8 when some teachers suggested she try to throw the shot.

“So I picked it up and I threw it, and it went pretty far,” she said.

Following that, Sarah went to a Lunenburg-Queens District track meet, where she broke a junior record for shot put. That’s when Tammy Gaudet, a coach from Bluenose Athletics, approached Sarah. The 21-year-old athlete has been training with Gaudet since.   

Sarah is set to compete in the qualifier at the World University Games Aug. 26.

Go online: To read about Sarah Mitton’s gold medal win at the Canada Games, visit http://www.theadvance.ca/sports/other-sports/2017/8/4/nova-scotia_s-golden-girl--queens-countys-sarah-mitton-wins-gold.html.  

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