Four members of Team P.E.I. live on same street in Winsloe
Emma Martin, left, and Brandon Higgonbotham were members of the Team P.E.I. athletics team. They are two of the four members of Team P.E.I. from Stockman Drive in Winsloe.
Emma Matheson lives a rock’s throw away from three other athletes who have worn Team P.E.I.’s colours at the Canada Games.
The softball player and swimmer Alexis Craig competed during the first week, while athletics team members Brandon Higginbotham and Emma Martin competed this week in Sherbrooke, Que. All live on Stockman Drive in Winsloe.
“I was surprised actually,” Matheson said when she realized all four were part of teams at the Games. “It’s pretty exciting. You wouldn’t really think it would happen.”
The outfielder said they all grew up together and spent a lot of time playing a variety of sports with each other.
Matheson, Martin and Higginbotham all graduated from Colonel Gray High School this spring while Craig is going into Grade 9 at Queen Charlotte Intermediate School.
With some teams being finalized only a few weeks before the Games, the neighbours were unsure who would be going to Sherbrooke.
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“Wow, there’s four people on our street going to the Canada Games,” Higginbotham said was his reaction. “It was kind of hard to believe.”
Martin and Higginbotham said they are happy for their friends’ achievements because they know how hard they worked to get to the Games. They know there are a lot of people back home just as happy.
“It’s a very supportive community we live in,” said Martin, who ran the 4x100-metre and 4x400-metre relays. “We’re really blessed to be part of it.”
And this may only be the start of the Games connection for the young athletes along the street.
With the age limits for sports being different, it means Martin, Higginbotham and Craig are all eligible to return for the 2017 Games in Winnipeg.
“It’s going to be fun trying to get back here in four years,” said Higginbotham, who competed in the steeplechase.