Medal win was an electrical event for the Cameron family

Monique Chiasson
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Canada's Tracy Cameron of Shubenacadie, right, and Melanie Kok of St. Catharines, Ont. celebrate their bronze medal following the lightweight women's double sculls final at the Beijing Olympics in Beijing, China Sunday.
SHUBENACADIE - Pearle Cameron didn't have to rely on her alarm clock to wake her up yesterday morning.
"I was up at 3:45 a.m. because I couldn't sleep I was so excited," said Pearle, grandmother of Shubenacadie's Tracy Cameron, who was in Beijing competing in the lightweight women's double rowing event.
About 50 people, family and friends, gathered with Pearle at 4:30 a.m. with nervousness and high expectations to watch the live event on TV at about 4:40 a.m.
"The electricity here was something else. It was very noisy ... we were all shouting, 'Go Tracy go, you go girl,'" said Pearle, a resident of Urbania.

Canada's Tracy Cameron of Shubenacadie, right, and Melanie Kok of St. Catharines, Ont. celebrate their bronze medal following the lightweight women's double sculls final at the Beijing Olympics in Beijing, China Sunday.
SHUBENACADIE - Pearle Cameron didn't have to rely on her alarm clock to wake her up yesterday morning.
"I was up at 3:45 a.m. because I couldn't sleep I was so excited," said Pearle, grandmother of Shubenacadie's Tracy Cameron, who was in Beijing competing in the lightweight women's double rowing event.
About 50 people, family and friends, gathered with Pearle at 4:30 a.m. with nervousness and high expectations to watch the live event on TV at about 4:40 a.m.
"The electricity here was something else. It was very noisy ... we were all shouting, 'Go Tracy go, you go girl,'" said Pearle, a resident of Urbania.
Tracy, 33, did not disappoint. After an excruciatingly close race Cameron and partner Melanie Kok of St. Catharines, Ont., finished third to nab the bronze medal in 6:56.68, beating a German crew by a whisker. Germany was just 0.04 seconds behind. The Netherlands won gold in 6:54.74 while Finland took silver in 6:56.03.
The results weren't posted for several seconds, an eternity for Cameron.
"I thought we had it," said Cameron, who qualified for Sunday's finals after winning the semifinal event on Friday.
"When we looked over I could see that our bow ball was definitely in front of the Germans. It was just making sure the judges were with us."
Back home, Pearle couldn't contain her excitement.
"Oh my, we were clapping and jumping up and down when she won bronze. It's great ... just the fact she was good enough to go to the Olympics, but it's even better she brought home a medal."
Pearle said her granddaughter called after the victory.
"She said she put her best foot forward and it paid off. She was so excited," said Pearle, adding the first thing Tracy planned to do after leaving the event was to get an ice cream cone.
"They have to be so careful with their weight, so she couldn't wait to celebrate with ice cream," laughed Pearle.
Tracy will return to her Calgary home after the Olympics' closing ceremonies next weekend. But the award-winner will return to Shubenacadie for a visit in October. Family and friends hope to hold a community celebration for the Olympic medallist.

mchiasson@trurodaily.com

- With files from The Canadian Press

Organizations: Beijing Olympics

Geographic location: Shubenacadie, Beijing, Canada China Urbania Germany Netherlands Finland Calgary

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