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Special Olympic athletes have something special going in the valley
Cowichan Special Olympics are not only excelling at a provincial level, they’re also being recognized nationally.
Cowichan sent 21 athletes to the provincials this summer in Langley and they combined to win more than 30 medals.
From the group, seven athletes have been asked to attend the Canada Games July 8 to 12 next year at UBC in Vancouver. They include: David Sims in swimming, Kara Summer in 10-pin bowling and five-pin bowlers Craig Bakker, Duane Horsman, Alanna Kay, Lorne Schindelka and Allen Hahner.
Fundraising for nationals will begin soon because it takes a great deal of time and effort to put everything into place. For some of the athletes, it could even lead to the worlds one day.
The Cowichan athletes who participated in the provincials at Langley included: Jason Smith, Tawny Daw and Chris Oldnall in soccer; David Sims, Amber Benedict, Jessica Bethea and Clara Kodweiss in swimming; Julie Black, Jenny Scholefield, Krista Grzybowski, Laura Clement, Sandra Lloyd, Allen Hahner, Craig Bakker, Duane Horsman, Ron Smiley, Lorne Schindelka and Alanna Kay in five-pin bowling; and Kara Summer, Jill Bonar and Debbie McPheators in 10-pin bowling.
They received great fundraising support from sponsors.
Those who sponsored an athlete for $250 apiece were: Mid-Island Consumer Servers Co-operative, Nanaimo; Harmony Life Services; New You Fitstop Inc. Curves; The Sassy Lion; Wescon Cedar Products Ltd.; Meyers Norris Penny; Dr. Dale Benham; and Shaker Mill Restaurant, Lake Cowichan.
Harmony Life Yoga volunteered for the yoga fundraiser. To support Special Olympics as a sponsor or by donating, participating or volunteering, contact Julia Ellison (250-597-4145).