Medals and donation for Special Olympians
© Eric Sparling – Amherst Daily News
Jason Chapel (from left), Martha Saunders, Mary Ann Belliveau and Jesse Williams of the Special Olympics received a donation from Eddy Group branch manager Roger Christie on Wednesday.
AMHERST – The three athletes had medals around their necks.
“Between watching (soccer) and playing it, I like playing it better,” said Jesse Williams.
Williams competed recently at the Special Olympics Provincial Championship in Wolfville. His team won gold.
The soccer player was joined by athletes Mary Ann Belliveau and Jason Chapel at Eddy Group Ltd. in the industrial park Wednesday. The branch manager of the plumbing supply outlet, Roger Christie, presented the local Special Olympics organization with a donation of $531.
“We had a contractor barbecue here,” said Christie, explaining where the funds came from.
Martha Saunders was there with the athletes. She said over 900 athletes and coaches attended the provincial competition over the weekend.
“We have six (volunteers),” she said of the local organization.
Athlete numbers have been going up, with about 55 registered, and 40-plus regular participants.
“I think we’re getting known better,” said Saunders.
Williams has been involved with Special Olympics off and on over the years. Belliveau has participated for over 30 years, and Chapel said it was the 1980s when he started.
“I like track…meeting people that you haven’t seen before,” said Belliveau.
The veteran competitor took gold in shotput, silver in standing long jump and bronze in the 50 metre run.
Chapel is the bocce specialist.
“It’s my favourite thing,” he said.
The athlete had a silver medal on his chest.
The branch manager said they sold 50/50 tickets at the event. He said they donate to a different group each year. The donation was being made on behalf of the contractors, as well as Eddy Group.
One of the competitors, Williams, said he likes to get out and do things. Soccer gets him out of his apartment.
“I love it,” he said.