FORTUNE, N.L.— Tony Moores of Fortune is busy preparing himself for the Special Olympics Canada Summer Games to be held the last part of July in Antigonish, N.S.
“(I’m) running, training for shot-put, for javelin and I go over to Marystown to the Y(MCA),” Moores said.
He trains with Deidre Ryan during his trips to the YMCA.
Moores, a member of the Grand Bank/Fortune Seahawks Special Olympics Club, will be competing in four events including the 50-metre race and the standing long jump.
He told The Southern Gazette he is most looking forward to the 50-metre.
"To me you’re going fast, that’s what it is,” he said.
Moores, who has been involved in the Special Olympics program since he was 10, would like to come home from the competition with a medal, “but if I don’t I’ll still come home as a champion — that’s how I feel.”
He is looking forward to the experience of taking part in the games— getting to see new sights and taste new foods as well as making new friends.
Moores has received a great amount of support from his team and the community in his efforts with the Special Olympics.
One of his biggest supporters has been teammate Justin Dodge.
“He was going over to the Y with me and (he used to) tell me to keep going,” Moores said of Dodge.
Moores also listed his coach Barbara Barnes as another great support.
“She tells me don’t give up,” he said. “She’s always had a motto, ‘If you can’t keep running, (just) keep going forward.’”