Roundup: South Shore athlete aims for Olympics, more kids’ vax bookings open, C.B. bodybuilder bound for nationals, fire destroys popular hiking bridge

Sarah Mitton

Plus: Artist Kristen De Palma shares the love

Despite finishing just off the podium in fourth, shot putter Sarah Mitton is optimistic about the future after throwing a personal best 19.77 metres in the finals at the recent World Athletics Championships in Oregon.

“I feel like it just speaks to my potential. Coming so close to a medal this year, just sets me up really well for Worlds next year and the Olympics in Paris,” she says in a text to LighthouseNow. “It’s sad to lose by so little, but it has definitely made me hungrier to find some bigger throws.”

Kevin McBain has the story.

More kids’ vaccination bookings
COVID-19 vaccination bookings are now open for children from six months to five years old.

Provincial health officials are also urging pregnant people who have not had a COVID-19 vaccine while pregnant and whose babies are due before November 30 to get an additional dose.

“Pregnant people are at increased risk for severe outcomes from COVID-19,” says the government press release. “Evidence shows that receiving a COVID-19 vaccine while pregnant provides immunity to both the pregnant person and the fetus. Infants of people who were vaccinated during pregnancy have lower rates of hospitalization in their first six months.”

Premier Tim Houston’s government is now withholding most pandemic data, making it harder to know how the disease is currently affecting Nova Scotia, but infectious disease researcher Dr. Tara Moriarty recently tweeted that the province faces a “very high” COVID hazard. She estimates that, as of July 22, Nova Scotia was averaging 2,800 new cases daily.

Trina Samson. Photo: Submitted

Cape Breton bodybuilder bound for nationals
Trina Samson of Arichat recently finished second out of nine competitors in the Women’s Bikini Over 45 division at the New Brunswick Naturals Body Building Competition, qualifying her for the nationals in Toronto in 2023.

“It’s all natural. It’s a drug-tested event,” she says. “I can say that I did all the work. I put in the time and the effort … I felt like I was bring forward a good package. But you just never know; you never know exactly what the judge is going to look for. It can be different each year.”

Jake Boudrot interviews her for the Reporter.

Fire destroys popular hiking bridge
A mysterious fire has destroyed a key bridge on the Jitney hiking trail in Pictou County. Police are investigating and haven’t released any information about the cause of the blaze. Randy Van Veen, a member of the Caribou District Fire Department, estimates between 30 and 40 firefighters responded.

Steve Goodwin reports for the Pictou Advocate.

Kristen De Palma. Photo: Submitted

Sharing the love
Artist Kristen De Palma loves Nova Scotia and its thriving wine scene, a feeling she shares with her recent Lower Water Street mural.

“This mural features over a dozen of the beautiful botanicals that grow in our province, like the Mayflower, thistle, lupins, horsetail, and more,” she says.

See her art and learn more in the latest issue of Unravel Halifax.

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