After 18 wonderful days spent in the Niagara region for the 2022 Canada Summer Games, we want to use one more Rant N Roar Edition to reflect back on some of our favorite TeamNL Moments. 

Team NL arrival into Niagara

Team NL had a busy travel day on August 5th, arriving into Niagara. While Team NL athletes had a long travel day it was a distinct privilege to be able to be the first team to arrive to Niagara on a charter flight to land directly at the Niagara District Airport, the first landing of it's kind at the regional airstrip. 

2022 opening ceremonies

Team NL attended the Opening Ceremonies for the 2022 Niagara Canada Summer Games at the Meridian Centre in St. Catharines August 6th starting at 8pm. 

After a day spent at the athletes village at Brock University, all of the athletes were excited and proud to wear their full Team NL gear into the ceremonies. 

Team NL swimmer Nathan Luscombe, from Grand-Falls Windsor, had an amazing day in the pool on Day One of the 2022 Canada Summer Games! He won a BRONZE medal in the 400 free (LC) (Multi-Class Para) with an amazing time of 4:59.86! At the Games first medal ceremony, held at Niagara Palace, Nathan was all smiles as he received his medal. 

His parents, brother and sister, were lucky to be able to be at the ceremony. "Nate started swimming as a form of physical therapy. We never imagined that he would love it as much as he does. He started training with the GFW Gators and later joined the Gander Lakers.  He spends many long hours at the YMCA pool training on his own. He has been supported by wonderful friends and coaches from all over NL. We are so proud of his dedication to swimming and we are so thankful he has found such a supportive community to be part of.  Watching you today at the 400 free race was an amazing and emotional experience. Congrats!!" said Lynette Luscombe.

This was the first medal for Team NL at the 2022 Canada Summer Games. "It’s so exciting to be a part of the first medals awarded at the 2022 Canada Games. Nathan has worked so hard throughout his training with Team NL and I am not surprised that he was successful in winning Bronze this afternoon. It was an impressive swim where Nathan followed the plan exactly and hung in tough right to the end!," said Duffy Earle, Team NL Swim Coach.

Jaida Lee, 16-year old baseball athlete, made Canada Summer Games history as the first female to compete on a men’s baseball team. 

There was a lot of buzz in the stands at the Welland Baseball Stadium as she took to the mound at the top of the fourth. Pitching for an inning and a third as she sparked a comeback for her team, despite a 17-7 defeat to Team Alberta. 

After the game, Jaida was surrounded by fans and press, like, congratulating her on the historic moment.

The following press release detailed the days exciting events.  

It was an exciting evening in the pool for Day Two of the Games with six swimmers in B-finals and four other swimmers in A-finals at the Brock University-Eleanor Misener Aquatics Centre.

Nate Luscombe, our bronze medal winner in in the 400 free (LC) (multi-class Para) on day one, had lot of great swims, just missing another bronze medal based on classification.

As the evening progressed, the medals continued from the pool. Thomas Pelley won a silver in SOC 100 m Freestyle, with Chris Weeks also adding a silver medal in the 100m Freestyle for the team.


The Team NL swimmers are truly an awesome group who support each other at every swim!


That brought our medal tally to 2 silver and 1 bronze after Day Two of competition. 

rugby 7s wins first match 

Team NL played in the debut game of Female Rugby 7’s at the Canada Games on August 8th, making Canada Games history yet again. They took on Manitoba, winning the opener 24 – 5. 

The athletes were full of energy and excitement throughout the quick 14 minute game, and exerted their dominance early. They took to the pitch again that day, taking on Team QC to finish off the day's competition. 

Four of the eight athletes who make up Team NL Tennis team are not only linked by the love of the sport, but also family connections. They are all first cousins, with their mothers being sisters. Teammates Aiden (19) and Liam Drover Mattinen (17) are brothers, and Julia (15) and Peter Drover-Crane (13) are sister and brother.


They all started playing tennis at 3 at Greenbelt Tennis Club. Aiden and Liam took the elite route. At 12 they were invited into Tennis Canada programs and played tournaments in Austria, France, and the United States. 


Most recently Aiden plays varsity tennis at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. You can find the long list of his Division III National Rookie of the Year accomplishments here


Liam is a Canadian National U16 Champion, U18 Double champion and has represented Canada at the Junior Davis Cup in Turkey in 2021. He has been a finalist and winner of several ITF tournaments this year. Liam is also a top three finalist for Sport Newfoundland and Labrador’s Junior Male Athlete of the Year for 2022, which was announced on July 29, 2022.


Julia has played tennis at the provincial and Atlantic level. As well as tennis she is very involved in the arts community in NL as a member of Shallaway Youth Choir, a member of Holy Heart of Mary’s Performing Arts program and Mainstage Theatre Company, and well as a performer in many local musical theatre performances.


Peter plays tennis at the provincial and Atlantic level. He is also an avid soccer player who plays PYL for CBS strikers and was a member of the U13 NLSA team who won gold at this year’s Atlantic championships.


These familial connections are made all the stronger because they have grown up within the tennis sports community. It’s just so amazing!

Basketball (Female) dominates court

On August 9th at the Meridian Centre, our Women's Basketball Team dominated the court against Team Yukon, with a score 114-16. They played a very strong offensive game with five players scoring in double figures.  

Abby Carpenter and Serena Phillips had 23 points each, Chloe Emberley scored 17, and Ava Keating and Sarah Reid had 10 apiece. 

We are very proud of your performance!   

Photo Credit: Jeremey Kiers, Canada Games volunteer photographer. 


Team NL Men’s Basketball had a solid team win against a young competitive Team Yukon, with a score of 94-62. All 12 team members stepped up to work as a collective unit. 

Cam Stanford led the way with a double double, scoring 28 points, 13 rebounds. Teammates Mark Tobin and Mile Hann also helped out in a big way. Mark with 14 points and 5 rebounds and Mike Hann with 12pts.

Photo Credit: Larry Mathewson, Canada Games volunteer photographer. 

Wresting (Male) gets match win

Team NL Male Wrestling won their first match on August 9th at Canada Games Park. Caden Stock won his match against Yukon Territory with a convincing score of 12-2 and a pin. 

Congratulations Caden!

Female wrestlers were ready for Team Quebec

On Day Four of Canada Games competition, our seven female wrestlers were ready for Team Quebec. Despite only one win by Abby Morgan by a pin, the girls looked hungry and motivated. Hard to do against a powerhouse like Quebec but the girls did themselves proud as they took to the mats at Canada Games Park.

Coaches Peter Petipas and Leah Ferguson were very pleased with the girl’s steady improvement and progress throughout the tournament so far.


Team NL’s baseball team got its first victory for Team NL in baseball. Players Ethan Carter and Hudson White each had two RBI, and Braedy Walsh had three hits to lead Team NL to a 9-7 win over New Brunswick at Oakes Field on August 9th.


Brady Sheppard pitched a complete game for TeamNL for the victory.


It was another large day in the pool on Tuesday, August 9th at the Eleanor Misener Aquatics Centre. Team NL continued to make a splash at the Canada Summer Games in Niagara with swimmer Chris Weeks earning Team NL’s first gold medal of the Games.

On the heels of his success of earning a bronze medal on Tuesday, the 17-year-old from Kilbride captured the win with 50-metre butterfly with a time of 24:53 and a new Canada Games Record!


For Chris, it felt great racing in the 50-metre butterfly field and being at the wall with his competitors, then seeing that he won was an amazing feeling. He went on to say that he “had this goal for a while, and I am thankful to my coach Chris Roberts in Mount Pearl and to my parents who have helped to support me to achieve this.”


At the end of competition on August 9th, the medal count for Team NL stood at one gold, two bronze, two silver, a total of five medals in three days. 

All of the swimmers on the team are amazing athletes who are winning their heats and beating their seed times. They all continue to support each other. The team had four strong efforts in B finals and three in A finals.

For more information, see the press release.

On August 10th, Chef de Mission, Gary Martin, was presented with a drum handmade by a local Indigenous artist to honor Newfoundland and Labrador and our Indigenous people, the Inuit, Innu, and the Mi'kmaq.  

"I was grateful and appreciative of the ability to attend a Drum Art Presentation at Niagara Place today as Canada Summer Games continues to celebrate its cultural respect with the 13 for 13 Festival. I was presented with a drum alongside a representative who stood in for Mayor of Lincoln, Sarah Easton, our paired Niagara municipality", said Gary, after the presentation. 

Tennis wins third straight 

On August 10th at Niagara-on-the-Lake Tennis Club, Team NL won its third straight in a hard-fought victory over Team Manitoba in the qualifying round and now reach the quarterfinals in tennis. 

Player Declan Walsh took his singles match with a 6-2, 6-4 victory, and Liam Drover-Mattinen cruised to a 6-0, 6-1 win. Jasmine Rahman and Mia Waye battled through another third-set marathon to win in ladies doubles 3-6, 6-0, 6-4 and clinching the tie was the cousin duo of Aiden Drover-Mattinen and Peter Drover-Crane with a 7-6, 6-4 win at another hot day on the courts!!

Softball (Female) has exciting last game

Team NL played Team Nova Scotia in their placement game Wednesday evening at Southward Community Park. In a game that went back and forth, Team Nova Scotia managed to squeeze out a few runs late in the game to take it 10-7. 

Team NL showed determination and the “never give up” attitude that sport brings out. It was a beautiful evening for ball and an exciting game to watch. It has been a pleasure to see the growth that this team had shown this week. Team NL places 10th.

Team Newfoundland and Labrador’s baseball team enjoyed an evening of down time before they were back on the field to play Team Prince Edward Island in their consolation game Friday, August 12th at Oakes Park.

Team NL players made time to get out to the park to support their batboy, Dryden "Bocco" Bocchinfuso, along with Team Ontario and Team Manitoba players who were also on site for the game. Bocco was the bat boy in each of TeamNL's games in Niagara. 


One of the other batboy’s, Markus Allen, who had also been serving as a batboy for the Canada Summer Games has a Newfoundland blood in his veins. Markus’ great-grandfather was born there. Rick Allen, Markus’s grandfather reached out to Team NL to say thanks to the team.


“Thank you to the Newfoundland men's baseball team for the support they gave my grandson Markus Allen.” During the game, Markus “drove in the game tying run with a double to LF, and your players made a little 8-year-old feel like a star tonight.”

Triathlon athletes compete in supersprint finals

Three of Team NL’s triathletes toed the line on August 8th at Welland International Flatwater Centre for the Supersprint race. Everyone put together strong efforts on the shorter course, with Heidi finishing in 18th, Grace 23rd, and Alex 27th.

Soccer (Men) battles hard

Team NL Male Soccer faced Nova Scotia on August 11th at Youngs Sportsplex in the Qualification Round. The keeper Bradon Harvey had an incredible save in the last minute of the first half. 

The score at half was 0-0. The boys continued to battle hard until the last minutes with Nova Scotia scoring their first goal at the 73rd minute. The final score was 1-0 for Nova Scotia.

Beach Volleyball has bluebird day 

Team NL had a bluebird day at Niagara Place for both teams to play two games a piece. In the qualifying round on August 11th, both teams dropped tough 0-2 losses against SK to determine consolation games this afternoon. Alyssa and Alex logged a 2-0 win over YT to bring our girls to a 4-1 record so far on the tournament. Mark and Isaac put in a big effort on the feature court but ended with a 0-2 score against Team Northwest Territories. 

Mountain Bikers end competition at Twelve mile

Carter Stratton, Brandon Seaward, Braeden Peddle, our Mountain bike team, had their last competition of the Games on August 12th at Twelve Mile Creek. 

It all started off with a time trail on the modified XC course, which would set up the placements for the heats. Carter Stratton finished in 21st place, Braeden Peddle, 26th, and Brandon Seaward, 28th. Unfortunately, the boys were unable to advance from their first heats. 

Everything they had was left in the mud of Twelve Mile Creek.

Team Newfoundland and Labrador athletes topped their provincial medal count in the first week of competition at the 2022 Canada Summer Games making coaches, family, and fans across the province proud. Team NL swimming athletes achieved a record-breaking number of medals in the pool, one gold, five silver, and two bronze medals. Swimmers Chris Weeks, Thomas Pelley, and Nate Luscombe had amazing swimming achievements at the Eleanor Misener Aquatics Centre.

Chris Weeks, who captured Team NL’s first gold medal at the 2022 Canada Summer Games, won three medals in various male swimming events – including winning his 50-metre butterfly race with a time of 24:53 for a new Canada Games Record. Thomas Pelley won three medals in various male Special Olympics swimming events. Nate Luscombe won two medals in various para male swimming events, including a bronze medal on Day One of the 2022 Canada Summer Games, a first for Team NL.

When asked how it has felt to achieve so much success in the pool at the Canada Games in multiple races, knowing that this is a first for Team NL for Week One competition, Chris Weeks said “It feels great. I am very proud to represent our province at such a high level. It feels amazing to show off what Team NL has to offer.” His teammate, Nathan Luscombe, had much the same to say, “It is quite surreal. I feel quite proud. I get to see my hard work pay off.” And, Thomas Pelley also reiterated those feelings, saying “I feel really good. Winning medals is great for our province.”

Combined, these swimmers, have been competing for 17 years, and their discipline and athletic achievements have been recognized. “I am so very proud of the individuals for their extremely hard work over the past number of years and as well as that of their home programs. Chris Weeks has been a member of the Mount Pearl Marlins for 4 years, Thomas Pelley 7, and Nathan Luscombe has been with the Gander Lakers for 4 years as well as the Grand Falls Windsor Gators for 2 years previous to that. It takes a village, working together, to make progress like this, families, swimmers, coaches, teammates, and swim clubs. The effort goes far and beyond the Canada Games, and I expect this is just the start of fabulous swimming careers for these fine athletes,” said Coach Duffy Earle.

For Duffy, she goes on to say that the Games have "been an exciting and uplifting experience for not only our teammates and coaches who are a part of Team NL, but for our entire swimming community. These swimmers have raised the bar for all sports in our province at a National level. Canada Games has been a great platform to display the quality of swimmers we have in Newfoundland and Labrador. Swimming should be a highlight of the 2025 Games in NL.”

For more information, see the press release.

On August 13th, the Inaugural Pat Lechelt True Sport Award was presented at Niagara Place as part of the 2022 Canada Summer Games. Declan Walsh, a member of our tennis team, was honored as the first-ever recipient.

“It was such an honour to receive the Pat Lechelt True Sport Award. Canada Games was such a great experience, and I’m so glad I got to spend the time with my teammates. It was amazing to meet so many new people - from the athletes from other provinces to the volunteers, mission staff, and everyone else who made this Canada Games one of the greatest experiences of my life,” said TeamNL athlete, Declan Walsh.

Pat Lechelt was known around this country as one of the leading Chef’s de Mission who guided her province of Alberta to the Centennial Cup and led her team to the Jack Pelech award, which is bestowed upon the province that demonstrates the true spirit and congeniality among provinces/territories at the Canada Games.

Declan personifies what Pat wanted in athletes and she would be proud to see Declan receive this award in her honour. Pat understood the value of multi-sport games and helped many host communities in preparations for hosting of the Canada Games.

“After hearing about who Pat Lechelt was and how much she contributed to the Canada Games legacy of fair play and sportsmanship, it truly is something I will always be proud of,” said Declan.

Winning this award is not a token, it’s a true honour and to be chosen among over 2000 + athletes is something Team NL is very proud of. Declan is truly humbled by this and will continue to do great things to ensure he’s a role model for others competing at a high level.

For more information, see the press release.

Week one mission staff have fun at games

Our wonderful mission staff from week one could be seen out around enjoying Niagara and many of the sports competitions. They are the people who, behind the scenes, have helped make the Canada Games happen. With over 150 athletes competing in 12 sports, they had their hands full and enjoyed late nights and early mornings. They had a great time, and it was definitely worth it because their smiles said it all. Thank you for all you did supporting our teams this past week!


Week 2 Mission Staff arrived with our athletes on August 14th as the others traveled home for some well earned rest. 

August 14th was a travel day to Niagara for our Week 2 athletes, with our athletics, road cycling, diving, golf, sailing, volleyball, female soccer, and male softball athletes arriving to compete at the 2022 Canada Summer Games. It was another busy week with 143 athletes, 33 coaches and managers, and 12 mission staff in the region.

Our diving team arrived at the satellite village at Humber College. Merrick Noel, our solo diver, began his competition at the Etobicoke Olympium before making his way to Brock later in the week to finish off competition. 

We are excited for them to begin their competitions!

Road Cyclists train in Wainfleet

Road cycling are all smiles while attending their training at the Township of Wainfleet. The team was hard at work, late into the night of their travel day, putting their bikes together so they could be ready to train first thing on August 15th! First up was Male and Female Individual Time Trials!

Golfers meet up with Chippewa Chippers on course

The golf team had a great day practicing and seeing the golf course at Niagara-on-the-Lake for the first time on the 15th for their first practice round. The tournament's first round teed off on the 17th. The golf course was a nice mix of links style holes as well as some holes lined by mature trees; it is in beautiful condition and the team were excited to get going in the tournament.

What a wonderful experience for our golfers. They were met by the Chippewa Chippers of Niagara North on the second tee of the practice round. This group of Special Olympics athletes were thrilled to join in on the play with our golfers.

Diver competes in first artistic event

Merrick Noel opened competition on the 16th at the Etobicoke Olympian competing in the 3 metre artistic event. This was his first event. He competed well and settled in at the satellite village at Humber College. He returned to the diving board the next morning in the 3 metre.

Merrick later joined the rest of Team NL as diving moved to compete at the Brock University-Eleanor Misener Aquatics Centre.

Athletics have good day at the track

TeamNL 2-sport athlete, Grace Mack, competed in heat two of the women’s 1500 metre, achieving a 9 second personal best, breaking the U18 provincial record.


The women’s 4x100m relay team, Cheryl Butler, Olivia Ryan, Stephanie Pelley, and Shae LeDévéhat, ran in heats, making the A-final on Friday the 19th.


Overall, a very good day. Almost every athlete achieved personal best performances.

Representing Newfoundland and Labrador as part of Team NL at a Canada Games event is an accomplishment of athletic ability, skill, and determination that many athletes aspire to in their sports careers. For a lot of athletes competing at this year’s Canada Games it is their first Games, but there are a few athletes who have competed in multiple Games and are not new to competing against the best amateur athletes in the country. Athletes Zach Gosse, Teghan Byrne, Ella Mate, Mark Power, and Ava Djan-Chékar, competing with this year’s rowing team, have all been to previous Games.


Zach is currently competing in his third Canada Games, having previously been to Winnipeg in 2017 and Red Deer in 2019. He competed in rowing for his first Games, his next gymnastics, and has returned to rowing for the 2022 Games. For Zach, he “is having as good an experience as his last two” this time around.


Ella is also competing in her third Canada Games as part of this year’s rowing team. Like Zach, she competed in Winnipeg and Red Deer, following the same path by switching between sports, first rowing, then artistic swimming, and back to rowing. Her reasoning for wanting to be part of Team NL at multiple games competitions is simple, “to race for my province and compete at a national competition.”


Ella goes on to say that her experience with the 2022 Games has been great because the current women’s team is much more competitive and being on site at the athlete’s village site rather than at a satellite location like previous years has been great.


Fellow teammates Teghan Byrne, Mark Power, and Ava Djan-Chékar have much the same sentiments with saying that this Games experience has been better than their last since they get more of the full Games experience by being on site.


For Teghan, who is competing in her second Games here in Niagara, competed in the 2019 Winter Games with artistic swimming. She just likes the competitive atmosphere of the Games which is why she wanted to return.


Mark competed in one other Games with rowing in 2017, and hopeful that with more training under his belt, he can do better this time around. Like Mark, Ava has also competed previous in the 2017 Games but for diving and said that “being at Games this year with a much bigger and more competitive team has been a completely different experience that I love.”


Being able to have multiple Games experiences is impressive, and looking forward to the future, all four athletes said they could see themselves return to the Games as mission staff. Ava said, “it’s because she’d love to see the games from a different perspective.”

Photo Credit: Nancy Boese, Canada Games photographer.

Athletics athletes earn personal bests

It was a hot and humid day at the track at Canada Games Park on August 17th, but numerous of the athletes qualified for finals on Friday, August 19th and Saturday, August 20th.

Grace Mack ran in the 3000m Steeplechase hitting a big personal best, finishing in 8th place.

Many other athletes also achieved personal bests that day. WTG team!

Volleyball (Female) remain undefeated

On August 18th, our Women's Volleyball Team continued to power their way through with a 3-0 win over Team NT.  Their record was 4-0 after the Preliminary Round and they remained undefeated in sets going a perfect 12-0.  

TEAMNL athletes make Niagara Children's Centre donation

In support of the 2022 Niagara Canada Summer Games chosen charity, Team NL’s athletes Grace Mack (triathlon/athletics), Brooklyn Sooley (soccer), and Derrick Ejeckam (volleyball) visited the Niagara Children’s Centre to deliver over 200 items of arts supplies such as construction paper, coloured pencils, and crayons which will be used as part of their family-centred treatment, rehabilitation and support services to assist children and youth!


Thank you to our all of the athletes and coaches who contributed to helping support the children at the Centre.

Volleyball (male) players pick up another win 

On August 19th, our male volleyball team started their day off getting prepped for their big game against NS. They got together for a practice session during the morning and then they reviewed video footage of previous games. The boys were both mentally and physically ready for competition.

Team NL outplayed Team Nova Scotia and came out on top with a 3-1 win! It was a great competition filled with solid blocks, powerful hits and some very excited players and fans. 

softball (male) 

It was a big day at the softball diamond on August 19th as NL was in two must-win games in order to get themselves into a medal position. Boy did they deliver. In the first game against Team Saskatchewan, Mitchell Whelan continued his superb pitching and Adrian Green hit a massive solo homer in the 6th inning to put NL on top 3-2 in a tight 2-2 contest. 

In the second contest against Manitoba, NL jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the first inning as Liam Shea continued his hot stick with a leadoff double to start the game and later scored. Marcus Pittman started and pitched his best game of the tourney. Several players had multi-hit games in the 11 - 0 win. 

road cycling

Our road cyclists trained for the big Criterium scheduled for August 20th. We managed to get an action shot of Head Coach Mick Cutler with all the athletes in tow (in no particular order because they were way too fast!): Leah Dalton, Isabel Martin, Amber Critch, Cole Layden and Roughan Gaetz! A friend of the Team NL road cycling team was also along for the ride, and we wish them luck as well!

Twenty-year old Team NL para-athlete Cori Hicks had an amazing day on the Canada Games Park track. She earned a SILVER medal for Team Newfoundland and Labrador in the 400m Wheelchair Female race. Cori beat her personal best by nearly three seconds, achieving a race time of 1:52.69.

Her coach Rosie Ryan-Forsey, along with her whole athletics team and mission staff attended the medal ceremony to help her celebrate the achievement. Cori was elated as she received her medal at Canada Games Park.

From Flat Bay, this is Cori’s second Canada Summer Games experience, which is also only her second time competing at the national level. She has been training for 6 years in 100, 400, and 1500-meter wheelchair racing as a member of the Stephenville Athletics Club and the Newfoundland and Labrador Athletics Association.

This silver medal was the first medal for Team NL during week two of competition which began on August 15. The medal comes after earning eight medals in the pool the previous week.

Our Female Soccer Team defeated Team Yukon on Saturday, August 20th, by a score of 6-0. Goal scorers were Hannah Neville (2). Olivia Brown, Stephanie Thoms, Ellie Power, and Isabella Ryan. It was a great game for the girls!

Premier Andrew Furey stopped by to cheer the girls on and even took time for a photo, as well as say a few inspiring words. Thank you Premier Furey!

Soccer (Female) win match today

Team NL had many memorable experiences and amazing achievements in our best overall performance at a Canada Games. Team NL waited for the Closing Ceremony to begin at Queen Victoria Park in Niagara Falls. Athletes, coaches and managers, and support staff gathered, took group photos, and enjoyed the backdrop of the most stunning display of nature.

Team NL was led by flag bearer and para-athlete Cori Hicks as part of a “Parade of Teams” as they walked to the concert area across from the falls to say goodbye to the Games and to Niagara. The evening included great music and the traditional handover of the Official Canada Games Flag, paying tribute to the next Canada Games that will be taking place just six months from now in PEI. The closing ceremonies were the perfect ending to a fabulous Games!

Everyone had a wonderful time, made lasting friendships with athletes from across the country, and had fun at the 2022 Niagara Canada Summer Games! Thank you to family, friends, and fans both here in Niagara and at home for your support. Our athletes have made us proud! See you in six months for the 2023 PEI Canada Winter Games!