Special Olympic runner wins second medal for Team Newfoundland and Labrador

Kenn Oliver
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Chris Dugas proudly displays the bronze medal he won in the men's Special Olympics 200-metre sprint at the Canada Summer Games in Sherbrooke, Que. on Friday. 

Team Newfoundland and Labrador collected its second medal at the Canada Summer Games Friday when Chris Dugas finished third in the men’s Special Olympics 200-metre A Final.

At the University of Sherbrooke track and field stadium, the Kippens sprinter turned in a time of 26.19 seconds to claim bronze.

It’s the first medal for Team NL since swimmer Owen Daly won silver in the 50m butterfly event on the second day of the Games.

Dugas, 24, will have a chance to medal again at the 2017 Games in Manitoba as the cutoff age for Special Olympics athletes is 30.

More on Dugas' accomplishment in Monday's edition of the Telegram.

Organizations: Team Newfoundland and Labrador, University of Sherbrooke, Special Olympics

Geographic location: Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, Manitoba

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  • Jackie Barrett - Special Olympian
    August 17, 2013 - 07:49

    Even though Chris Dugas is getting attention on "The Telegram", I'm more than appalled at "The Western Star" for not posting a similar article about this remarkable athlete. Since Dugas is from Western Newfoundland, not only should the news about his medal win at the Canada Games be posted on "The Telegram", it must be posted on "The Western Star" as well. Keep in mind that Dugas is the first Newfoundland and Labrador Special Olympian to win a medal at the Canada Games "Special Olympics" related events, and should get the same level of recognition as fellow Stephenville area athlete, Katarina Roxon. Besides, Special Olympians should get equal recognition for their efforts along with their Olympian, Paralympian, and Professional athlete brothers and sisters.

  • Jackie Barrett
    August 16, 2013 - 20:00

    Even though I'm very proud of Owen Daily and Chris Dugas for winning likely Newfoundland and Labrador's only medals at the 2013 Canada Games, our performance levels are definitely disappointing. While we have only 515,000 people, that's still not an excuse for our overall terrible performance at this event, and here's a reason why. If we look at Nova Scotia as an example, even though they have double the population with nearly 950,000 people, they won more medals than even Saskatchewan and Manitoba whom have higher population levels. In fact, they won 52 medals so far and counting, making it the most medals per capita in the Canada Games. In light of our lowest Canada Summer Games medal count in Newfoundland and Labrador history, perhaps now is the time for the Newfoundland and Labrador Government to address the problem, including a summit involving representatives from various sports organizations and the province's well known able bodied and disabled athletes, look at available year round athletic facilities, implement mandatory training camps, and select athletes for the games at least six months prior to the Canada Games to put us in line with Ontario and Nova Scotia. If the politicians and sport governing bodies wants our athletes to perform well at the 2021 Canada Games and even the 2016 Special Olympics Canada Summer Games, both held in Newfoundland and Labrador, concerns about our bad performance at the Canada Games should be addressed now before its too late.

    • Jackie Barrett
      August 18, 2013 - 21:21

      I meant 2016 Special Olympics Canada Winter Games, not 2016 Special Olympics Canada Summer Games. Sorry about the mistake.

  • Jackie Barrett - Special Olympian
    August 16, 2013 - 19:37

    Congratulations to Chris Dugas for being the first Special Olympics Newfoundland and Labrador athlete to win a medal at the Canada Games. Keep up the great work heading into the 2014 Special Olympics Canada Summer Games in Vancouver if officially selected, and hopefully, the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Los Angeles. Congratulations also go to Floressa Harris, Josh Mutrey, and Sarah Brown for performing very well at the Canada Games and hope they will build on their successes in the future.