Advocate pair takes silver, bronze at provincials
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Advocate students Gabrielle (left) and Denver Fraser capped off a stellar track and field season with silver and bronze medals respectively at the provincial championships in Dartmouth earlier this month.
ADVOCATE HARBOUR – Training for track and field helps when you have a twin sister to compete with, and sharing the medal podium with that sister makes the experience even sweeter.
Just ask Advocate District School Grade 7 students Denver and Gabrielle Fraser, who captured silver and gold medals in the triple jump at the recent Nova Scotia School Athletics Federation track and field provincials in Dartmouth.
“It was really fun,” said Denver. “There were a lot of good athletes there too.”
It was the second trip to provincials for the 12-year-old twins, who competed as Grade 6 students last year. They competed there in triple jump after placing first and second in that event at regionals, where they also competed in other events such as long jump, shot put and 400 metre.
At provincials they both recorded their personal best jumps. Gabby won silver with a 10.05 m jump, while Denver won bronze with a 10.02 m jump, placing only behind Middleton’s Rachel Holland, who broke a provincial record with her 10.48 m jump.
“Our coach trained us well,” said Gabby. “She made sure we had lots of pop in our legs for jumping time.”
They were coached by the Spicer trio of Meggie, Katie and Pat, who were quite proud of the girls’ achievements this year.
“They are just excellent student athletes, and real ambassadors for the school,” said Katie. “You see them on weekends out working on jumps over at our new jumping pit. They take training seriously and do workouts on their own all the time. Their success is definitely a result of that.”
The sisters admit they compete against each other a lot, which helps drive them to do their best.
“At districts, Gabby came first and I came second, then at regionals I came first and she came second,” said Denver. “When we’re at home, we really push ourselves.”
In fact, they get just as nervous for each other at competition as they do for themselves.
They are both very driven, according to Pat, who said it is almost unheard of to have two young athletes both jumping over 10 metres.
“Watching them at the district meet, it was like no one else was in the competition,” she said. “One would jump, and then turn and yell their distance back to the other, who would then try to beat it. They compete with each other, and ended up one and two in that competition.”
The girls will be back competing at the junior level in track and field next year, but plan to keep busy this summer with hockey camps and preparing for the fall soccer season.