Simspon sets new Canada Games record

Kerry Simpson overcame the elements to win gold and set a new Canada Games record in the women’s 500m at the long track competition in Campbellton, New Brunswick.

On a cold and windy day at the outdoor oval, Simpson of Melville, Saskatchewan recorded a time of 44.69 seconds beating the previous record of 45.54 set by Leah Nattrass of Saskatchewan in 1995.

“I’m really excited I had a good race”, said a shivering Simpson following the race.

“I felt really good throughout most of my race and coming into the last corner I felt like I was going pretty fast and the last straight was pretty strong and good.”

“It’s great, I’m glad that Saskatchewan gets to carry on with the record.”

Marie-Josée Ares-Pilon, of Calgary finished in second with a time of 45.34 which was a Canada Games record for a brief time before Simpson set the new record 2 pairs later.

Lauren Wetzel of Orleans, Ontario was third with a time of 46.07.

In the men’s competition, Chris Scherman of Calgary won the gold with Tyler Johnston of Moose Jaw Saskatchewan earning silver and Kent Toth of Calgary the bronze.

“I came here hoping to win, so it’s always good to meet your goals”, stated Scherman.

“Tyler Johnston came out and laid down a good time in an earlier pair so he got me going and it gave me something to shoot for.”

High winds at the oval delayed racing on Monday. As a result, only the men’s and women’s 500m were completed on Monday with the women’s 1500m and men’s 3000m re-scheduled for Tuesday morning.