Quebec women continue to dominate the short track competition at the Canada Games

The Quebec women swept the medals for the second consecutive day at the short track competition in Campbellton, New Brunswick.

Emilie Nadeau-Benoît, Marie Branchaud and Annick Plamondon, all residents of Longueuil, finished in order in the women’s 500-metre event.

For Nadeau-Benoît and Plamondon it was their second medal of the Games as they finished in reverse order Monday in the 1500-metres when Plamondon placed first and
Nadeau-Benoît third.

“I raced very conservatively yesterday and won a bronze medal, but today I wanted to win the gold”, stated Nadeau-Benoît.

“The 500-metres is my favorite distance and I felt pretty strong today”.

“This win will take a little pressure off my shoulder to win gold”.

In the men’s 500-metre finals, Ottawa's Andrew Lahey won gold with a time of 43.521 seconds.

Olivier Jean from Laval was second in 43:643 and Bryan McSorley won New Brunswick's first medal of the Games when he finished third in 43.658.

“I had a disappointing day yesterday, so I wanted to come out here for sure to get a medal but the goal was to win it, so I’m really happy with the gold medal”, stated Lahey.

This medal performance is especially gratifying for Andrew as he had major ankle surgery on his left ankle during the off-season.

“I was told in September that I probably would never be able to skate again.

So I didn’t have many goals for this season, but one them was to get back in top shape and the Canada Games is where the best young talent in the country skates. I just wanted to re-establish that I was still one of the best young skaters in the country”.

I’m still not 100%, but things are looking better now and set myself up for a good season next year.”

For Bryan McSorley, who carried the provincial flag during the opening ceremonies, it was a dream come true.

"It is a very special feeling," said McSorley.

"I never dreamed I would be in this position. To be a flag bearer, the first New Brunswicker to win a medal at these Games, I guess I am speechless. I have no words to describe this feeling."

Competition continues Thursday with the men's and women's 1000m, 3000m and relays.