Snowshoe athlete Jeremy Mueller has come home with gold and silver medals from the Special Olympics World Winter Games in PyeongChang, Republic of Korea, that ran Jan. 29 to Feb. 5.
Mueller won the gold medal in the 400 metre finals on the last day of competition.
He won the silver medal as a member of the 4x100-metre relay team. All Team Canada member performed well in that event.
In the 200-metre preliminaries, Mueller’s time was 30 seconds faster than his qualifying score at the 2012 Special Olympics Canada National Winter Games. He raced the 200-metre finals and beat his prelim time, being awarded a fifth-place ribbon for his performance.
The Special Olympics World Games was an eight-day competition which brought together nearly 3,300 athletes from 112 countries.
“It doesn’t get any bigger than this for a Special Olympic Athlete, a gold and silver medal at the highest level of competition. We at Special Olympics NL are so proud of Jeremy,” said Trish Williams, executive director of 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.”
Special Olympics Newfoundland and Labrador (SONL) is dedicated to enriching the lives of Newfoundlanders and Labradorians with an intellectual disability through sport. It is a provincial not-for-profit grassroots organization that provides sport training and competition opportunities for over 600 athletes of all ages and abilities.