Pepping up Team Nova Scotia

Athletes, coaches and fans proud to cheer on Team Nova Scotia

Team Nova Scotia marches in through the rain. Photo: Dylan McAteer

Proud Nova Scotians gathered in downtown Halifax on Saturday to show show their support for Team Nova Scotia at the upcoming Canada Winter Games.

The Emera Oval held supporters from across the province on a rainy day. Emerging to a roaring crowd, athletes made their way from Citadel High School to Molson Canadian Plaza alongside the Oval.

With flags waving, the crowd whistling and music blaring, athletes dawned proud smiles in their matching Team Nova Scotia jackets. Wearing the province’s colours is an important feeling not lost on the athletes or their coaches.

“Words simply cannot describe it,” said figure skater Brandon Bent.

Bent, who has been skating for 10 years, has high hopes for the games, which are just under three weeks away. “It’s an honour to represent your home and I just want to get out there and give it my best.”

The pep rally begins with team Nova Scotia with hashtag #supernova. Photo: Dylan McAteer

After various sponsors spoke to the crowd wishing the team good luck, former Canada Games athlete Hugh Smith took the stage. After telling a few jokes and doing a flip on stage, Smith shared his own experiences about  the importance of representing the province. But above all, he told the athletes to enjoy themselves. “It’s a great opportunity and as an athlete you should embrace the whole experience,” said Smith.

With proud parents and families all around, the athletes got to pose for a group photo with their loved ones and teammates.

“It’s a pleasure to represent Nova Scotia and be from this amazing province,” said basketball coach Andrew Harding. “We have a chance to show the rest of Canada what we’re made of.”

The games are set to begin Feb. 13 in Prince George, B.C., and will run until March 1.