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Lunenburg mayor brings home Canada 55+ Games medals

Lunenburg Mayor Rachel Bailey (middle) is shown with her gold medal at the 2018 Canada 55+ Games, which was held in Saint John, N.B. Aug. 21 to 24.
Lunenburg Mayor Rachel Bailey (middle) is shown with her gold medal at the 2018 Canada 55+ Games, which was held in Saint John, N.B. Aug. 21 to 24. - Contributed

The Town of Lunenburg’s Mayor Rachel Bailey earned Nova Scotia two gold and two silver medals at the 2018 Canada 55+ Games held in Saint John, New Brunswick, Aug. 21 to 24. She finished first in the Women’s 55+ 400- and 1500-metre runs, and second in the 50- and 100-metre dashes.

“Having turned 55 last year, I had wanted to compete in the provincial games held in Lunenburg County in September 2017, but I had an injury so volunteered instead. Seeing the competition then was a great incentive to stay active, and seeing the accomplishments of some of the participants was truly inspiring,” said Bailey.

“My husband, Mike, was playing on the South Shore hockey team that qualified to compete in the national games in Saint John by winning the tournament at the provincial games, so he was going. I found out that there was opportunity for me to compete in track and field which I thought would be fun, so I registered too. It was a great experience and it was a bonus to be given some medals for my effort!”

The Canada 55+ Games is a nation-wide program that promotes spiritual, mental and physical well-being among Canadians 55 years of age and older.

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