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
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’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
“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.