Babineau exemplifies the Special Olympic spirit
AMHERST?- Whatever sport is in the go, Robert Babineau is sure to be game.
In February the Special Olympian was presented with the Nova Scotia Male Athlete of the Year Award for being "the athlete who exemplifies true Special Olympic Spirit in and out of his sport."
That spirit is apparent when he comes running off the soccer pitch for an interview. He's breathing heavy and raring to go, and when asked what his favourite sport is he's quick to answer, "soccer."
"Robert is great," Babineau's soccer coach said. "This year he's made the jump from track and field over to soccer. He loves to play whatever game is out there."
His soccer squad is presently training two days a week at Rotary Centennial Park in preparation for the Provincial Summer Games in Halifax from June 13 to15.
Babineau also plays goaltender in ball hockey and his team has just wrapped up a season where they won silver medals in the regional championships.
When asked what he likes best about participating in the Special Olympics he said he like to travel to other places.
"I like to play soccer and I like to dance," he said.
Regional co-ordinator Martha Saunders agrees.
He's quite a dancer," she added.
Sports he likes to watch on TV are hockey, football and baseball.
The athletes are training in three different categories at Rotary Centennial Park - soccer, athletics and masters. In athletics they compete in the shot put, the standing broad jump and in 50m, 100m, 200m, 400m and 800m races. The masters division consists of horseshoes, bocce and the 400m walk.
They train Sunday afternoon and Wednesday night.
The venue for the 2008 Nova Scotia Special Olympic Games is Saint Mary's University with soccer being held on the soccer pitch in Clayton Park.