The Olympics come to Amherst

Connor Doucette
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Youth can experience the Olympics here at home

Children sign up for next Thursday's Wii Olympics at the Four Fathers Memorial Library

AMHERST – The Olympic games have gone to cities such as Athens, Beijing, and Moscow, and next Thursday they’ll be here in Amherst.

Not the real Olympics of course, but Wii Olympics, hosted by the Four Fathers Memorial Library, where kids from pre-school to Grade 6 can compete for medals, much like our countries athletes will be doing in London this summer.

“It’s a fun, simple bit of exercise that might teach them about London along the way,” said youth services worker Chantelle Taylor.

“We were wondering what we could do that Thursday and thought, the Olympics are happening in London, why not have something like that here?”

The Wii Olympics will feature many of the actual Olympic events, including soccer, badminton, aquatics, and even equestrian.

Among the little Olympians who signed up at the library this morning was Brandon Arseneault, who said he knows he can win and really hopes for a medal.

“It gives him something to do in the morning,” Brandon’s mom said.

“He’s in taekwondo, so he likes that kind of thing, and it’s good for him.”

The Wii Olympics kick off at the Four Fathers Memoral Library July 26 at 10 a.m., and you can call or visit the library to register.

Geographic location: Amherst, London, Athens Beijing Moscow

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