Published on July 21, 2013
Joey Genge of Gander competes in the shot put competition at the Special Olympics held at the Pearlgate Track and Field Complex in Mount Pearl Saturday. — Photo by Rhonda Hayward/The Telegram
Published on July 22, 2013
Ava Walsh of Mount Pearl perfoms a rhythmic gymnastics routine at Campia Gymnastics Club in Mount Pearl as part of the Special Olympics provincial Summer Games held over the weekend. Two hundred and seventy-seven Special Olympians from across the province converged on St. John's and Mount Pearl for the two-day event which included five sports - athletics, bowling, soccer, swimming and, for the first time, rhythmic gymnastics.— Photo by Rhonda Hayward/The Telegram
Over 270 athletes compete in provincial Summer Games, 33 will go to 2014 national Games
The provincial Special Olympics program is thriving these days,
“There’s no question,” said Special Olympics Newfoundland and Labrador (SONL) program director Darrin Reid, “the program is doing very, very well. And the athletes are benefitting from it.”
Two hundred and seventy-seven Special Olympians from across the province converged on St. John’s and Mount Pearl over the weekend for the two-day provincial Summer Games — “Share the Dream in 2013” — which included five sports — athletics, bowling, soccer, swimming and, for the first time, rhythmic gymnastics.
Thirteen clubs took part, including the host teams from St. John’s and Mount Pearl, C.B.S., Trinity-Conception, Fortune, Clarenville, Gander, Exploits, Baie Verte, Corner Brook, Bay St. George, Happy Valley-Goose Bay and Bonavista North, which made its debut in the provincial Games.
“All of them are active clubs,” Reid said. “Bonavista North, C.B.S. and Baie Verte, for example, have only bowling, and Bay St. George has athletics primarily, but all of the clubs are quite active.”
Based on national numbers dictated by Special Olympics Canada, Newfoundland has a quota of 33 eligible to compete in the national Special Olympics Games.
The next Canada Summer Games are slated for the University of British Columbia in Vancouver in July, 2014, and Newfoundland and Labrador will send nine athletics competitors, five swimmers, one team of five bowlers, one team of 10 soccer players, one rhythmic gymnast, two powerlifters and one golfer (the provincial Special Olympics golf championship is Aug. 17-18 in Gander).
In addition to that, there are coaches, and Reid will lead the group as the chef de mission and will have a mission staff. email@example.com