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Special Olympics Amherst athletes bring back medals from provincial games

The Amherst Coyotes won the gold medal in soccer at the Nova Scotia Special Olympics in Halifax last weekend. Members of the team include: (front, from left) coach Lisa Hines, Allison Borden, co-captain Brandon Ott, Jacob Fisher, Tim Bird, Ryan Mootrey, coach Acacia Dunphy, (back, from left) Cory Hansen, Jesse Williams, Robert Babineau, Rebecca Sprague, Robyn Munro and co-captain Terry Black.
The Amherst Coyotes won the gold medal in soccer at the Nova Scotia Special Olympics in Halifax last weekend. Members of the team include: (front, from left) coach Lisa Hines, Allison Borden, co-captain Brandon Ott, Jacob Fisher, Tim Bird, Ryan Mootrey, coach Acacia Dunphy, (back, from left) Cory Hansen, Jesse Williams, Robert Babineau, Rebecca Sprague, Robyn Munro and co-captain Terry Black. - Contributed

Coyotes strike gold, bocce team takes bronze

AMHERST – Members of Special Olympics Amherst excelled at the 2018 Nova Scotia Special Olympics in Halifax last weekend.

The Amherst Coyotes soccer team took home the gold medal in the tournament’s Whitecap Division with a 4-3 win in the championship game.

Co-captain Brandon Ott scored all four goals in the game for the Coyotes while Jacob Fisher was outstanding in nets with co-captain Terry Black being strong on defence along with Rebecca Sprague – who, like Black, is a veteran on the team.

Robyn Munro and Jesse Williams also had strong games for the the Amherst team, jockeying back and forth between offence and defence.

Other members of the team include: Allison Borden, Tim Bird, Ryan Mootrey, Corey Hansen and Robert Babineau. Coaches are: Lisa Hines and Acacia Dunphy.

Laura Mooring of Oxford won a gold medal in the ladies’ singles bocce, going undefeated with four wins.

Colton Rushton of Amherst claimed the silver medal in men’s singles bocce while in the team bocce event, Amherst claimed the bronze medal. Team members included Mary Ann Clark, Vance Pyne, David Teed, all of Oxford, and Pugwash’s Wayne Brown. The team is coached by Michelle Mattix.

On the track, Lauren Davis won silver in the shotput and bronze in the 200-metre run while Savanna Snowden won silver in the 200 and gold in the shotput. Elsie Pettigrew won bronze in the 50m and bronze in the standing long jump, Joey Timmons won bronze in the 100m and Joseph Spence won silver in the running long jump and bronze in the shotput.

Jarrett Greene struck gold in the running long jump and bronze in the shotput with John Hachey winning silver in the standing long jump.

Jonathan Dauphinee won bronze in the 100 and bronze in the 200, Adrian Henderson won bronze in the 50m, silver in the standing long jump and silver in the shotput and Matthew Porter won silver in the 50m and gold in the shotput.

Brad Coady won gold in the 200m, gold in the shotput and silver in the running long jump and Kyle Dillman won silver in the 200m and gold in the shotput.

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