Special Olympians exceed expectations at 2007 Provincial Summer Games

Justin Dickie
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Amhersts Special Olympians came home from the 2007 Provincial Summer Games in Wolfville recently with expectations exceeded.

Thirty-three medals were earned by the track, masters triathlon, and soccer teams combined.

Special Olympians exceed expectations at 2007 Provincial Summer Games

Amhersts Special Olympians came home from the 2007 Provincial Summer Games in Wolfville recently with expectations exceeded.

Thirty-three medals were earned by the track, masters triathlon, and soccer teams combined.

The soccer quad won its first two games over Halifax, 6-1, and Sackville-Bedford, 3-2, before losing a hard fought gold medal game to Sackville-Bedford 3-1.

Coach Lisa Hines said she was proud of her team in how they persevered after one player was sick and unable to play. The rest of the group picked up the slack and turned in a good performance.

"They certainly didnt lose the gold, they earned the silver," Hines said.

Track coach Martha Saunders was happy that all her athletes did their personal best, but was especially pleased that almost every athlete earned a medal.

The track team was led by a phenomenal rookie output by Jason Rhinedress, who earned golds in the 200-metre sprint and running long jump and a bronze in the 100-metre sprint.

"They performed really well, especially under the conditions, it was wet and rainy, and nobody complained and they all competed well," Saunders said. "Its really encouraging that people stepped up when we went away and did really well."

In the masters triathlon, Jenna LeBlanc blew her coach Susan Lloy away with her performance. LeBlanc won silver in the racewalk, something that made Lloy "overwhelmed" with emotion.

Lloy noted Robert Babineau getting recognized as the 2007 male athlete of the year as another highlight for her at the competition.

Lloy, who is leaving the Special Olympics program, said the group of outstanding individuals that makes up the team should bode well for next year.

"We have an incredible team and incredible coaches, really we do, and I can say that honestly as someone walking away," she said.



jdickie@amherstdaily.com

Organizations: Special Olympics

Geographic location: Wolfville

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