Special Olympics NL athlete on the way to world winter games

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The Newfoundland and Labrador contingent of Special Olympics Team Canada left Wednesday for PyeongChang, South Korea, to take part in the 2013 Special Olympics World Games.

Special Olympics NL athlete Jeremy Mueller, and team doctors Carmel Casey and Neil Cheeseman, are part of a 141-person team competing at the 2013 Special Olympics World Winter Games from Jan. 29 to Feb. 5.

A news release notes the eight-day competition will bring together nearly 3,300 athletes from as many as 112 countries to the mountain resort with world-class competition venues.

“It doesn’t get any bigger than this within the Special Olympics community, and the 2013 Special Olympics World Winter Games are an incredible opportunity for our Canadian athletes,” said Trish Williams, executive director Special Olympics Newfoundland and Labrador.

“These world games are also important because they bring attention to the talents and capabilities of people with an intellectual disability, helping to change attitudes and to break down barriers that can exclude them from full participation in their communities.”

Athletes on the national team are a mix of veterans and others who will compete at the international level for the very first time. Each has moved through successive levels of competition to qualify — first provincials and then nationals. Final qualification for the 2013 national team was based on performance at the 2012 Special Olympics Canada Winter Games, held last February in St. Albert and Jasper, Alberta.

Geographic location: Newfoundland and Labrador, South Korea, Alberta

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  • Jackie Barrett
    January 23, 2013 - 17:02

    As a Special Olympian whom competed at the Special Olympics World Summer Games three times as a Powerlifter, including 1999 in North Carolina, 2007 in Shanghai, and 2011 in Athens, I can tell you from my experience that competing at the Special Olympics World Games is comparable to the NFL Superbowl, NHL Stanley Cup, WWE Wrestlemania (though its fake), Paralympics, or even Olympics as these athletes are among the world's best. I known Jeremy since the 1999 Special Olympics World Summer Games in North Carolina, and I can tell you he works very hard at any sport he does, including Swimming and Snowshoeing. Best of luck Jeremy at the 2013 Special Olympics World Winter Games in Pyeongchang. Newfoundland and Labrador rocks.