Southwestern Nova Scotia runners Hudson Grimshaw-Surette and Jacob Symonds are part of Team Nova Scotia that will be competing in the 2017 Canada Summer Games.
Hudson Grimshaw-Surette of Yarmouth County will run the 800 metres and Jacob Symonds of Shelburne County will run the 400 metres. Both also will be part of Nova Scotia’s 4 X 400-metre relay squad.
Grimshaw-Surette, 18, recently ran a personal best for the 800 of 1:51.44, lowering his previous PB for the two-lap event by over three seconds.
Symonds, 17, has a personal best of 49.67 seconds for the 400 metres. (Grimshaw-Surette’s PB for the 400 is 50.16.)
Both said they were looking forward to competing in Winnipeg.
“I’m really excited,” said Symonds.
Having a teammate in Grimshaw-Surette from the same region of the province also has been nice, he said.
“That’s pretty cool,” Symonds said, “and we’ve trained together some in the past too, so we know each other.”
Symonds’ mother, Phoebe Cameron, says she’s appreciative of how a Yarmouth-based group of track athletes – including Grimshaw-Surette – welcomed her son in their ranks.
“He didn’t know a lot of the Yarmouth kids,” she said, “but they’ve been very good to him, very accepting, and the guidance has been terrific.”
Both Symonds and Grimshaw-Surette have had great seasons this year, posting impressive performances at various meets.
For Grimshaw-Surette, the most notable one came at the Aileen Meagher Track Classic in Halifax, where he achieved his new 800 PB, running more than three seconds faster than he had ever run before.
“I knew I could run faster than what I had run last year,” Grimshaw-Surette said. “I didn’t know how (much) faster.”
Both Grimshaw-Surette and Symonds were slated to take part in the Atlantic outdoor track championships taking place the July 22-23 weekend in Stellarton.
A few days after that, the two were heading to Winnipeg. The opening ceremonies for the Canada Games take place on July 28, with competitions in various sports starting the next day and running for two weeks.
This will be Grimshaw-Surette’s only shot at the Canada Summer Games since he will be too old to take part the next time they’re held in 2021. Symonds, on the other hand, will still be eligible for the games at that time.
Grimshaw-Surette graduated this year from Yarmouth Consolidated Memorial High School, where won provincial titles in cross-country as well as track. He will attend Dalhousie University this fall.
Symonds still has a year left at Barrington Municipal High School.
TRI-COUNTY ATHLETES HEADING TO CANADA GAMES:
Athletics: Hudson Grimshaw-Surette and Jacob Symonds
Para-track: Ryan Shay
Volleyball: Derek d'Eon, Alec Cottreau and Renee Cleveland
Softball: Megan Perry
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