Breaking: Brooklyn’s Sarah Mitton to compete at Pan American Games

by Charles Mandel

  • <p>File photo</p><p>Sarah Mitton.</p>

Sarah Mitton from Brooklyn, Queens County is one of 46 athletes heading to Lima, Peru, for the 2019 Pan American Games. Athletics Canada announced the Canadian team on June 28.

Mitton, who will compete in the women's shot put, is the sole athlete from Nova Scotia on the Canadian team.

In 2017, Mitton brought home gold from the Canada Games in Winnipeg, where she made a 15.61 metre throw to beat second place British Columbia by 54 metres.

Mitton began throwing shot put in Grade 8. She has gone on to become a two-time Athletics Nova Scotia junior athlete of the year, a national junior champion, Canadian university medallist and provincial senior women's indoor record holder.

The team, comprised of 19 men and 27 women, will focus on contributing to the overall Canadian medal count and improving on its 27 podium finishes (11 gold, seven silver and nine bronze) from the Toronto 2015 Pan American Games.

The Canadian contingent heading to Lima features 18 athletes who competed on home soil in 2015 and 28 first-time Pan American Games participants. Of the 18 athletes who competed at Toronto 2015, seven stood on the podium, including decathlete Damian Warner (gold) and steeplechaser Geneviève Lalonde (bronze), who hope to repeat or better their success in 2019 alongside their Canadian teammates.

The full list of competing Canadian athletes may be seen here: https://athletics.ca/athletics-canada-selects-46-athletes-to-join-team-canada-at-the-2019-pan-american-games/?mc_cid=1c5609c1ad&mc_eid=cd7faf1bb2

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