Thanks to the generous contributions of Red Mountain to Special Olympics BC-Trail ski team, athletes Tim McTeer (middle) won gold in the Super Giant Slalom, while Stuart Hawton (right) raced to gold in the slalom and won silver in both the Super Giant Slalom and the Giant Slalom for the Kootenay downhill ski team. Submitted photo

Great results for Trail athletes at SOBC Winter Games

Special Olympics BC Winter Games were held in Vernon last month

Special Olympic BC-Trail athletes brought home a trove of hardware from the Special Olympics BC Winter Games in Vernon last month.

More than 600 athletes with intellectual disabilities competed in the 2019 Games in Vernon, the largest contingent yet, with Greater Trail athletes bringing home great results.

Tim McTeer won gold in the Super Giant Slalom, while Stuart Hawton topped the podium in the slalom and won silver in both the Super Giant Slalom and the Giant Slalom for the Kootenay downhill ski team.

Also, on the snow-shoe track, the team coached by Rhonda Chandler, raced to silver in five events. Jordan McPhee came second in the M3 100-m, 200-m, and 400-m races, while Jake Miller won silver in the M2 200-m sprint. The pair then teamed up with two other snow-shoers and raced to second place and the silver medal in the 4×100-m relay.

Trail’s Jacob Plett coached the Div 6 Kootenay 5-pin bowlers from Cranbrook to bronze. The team, known as the Pinheads, consists of Adam Kinakin, Daryl Mayer, John Griffioen, Sheila Neidlig, and David Price.

In addition, Louie Mazzei was picked up by the Kootenay Storm Floor Hockey team from Grand Forks and helped the team win silver.

Special Olympics BC programs and competitions go year-round in 55 communities throughout BC. SOBC offers 18 summer and winter sports, youth programs, and health and fitness programs.

Provincial Games are exciting and empowering experiences for Special Olympics athletes. For many, the Games offer their first opportunity to experience the joy of travelling and being part of a team. The dedicated competitors strive for personal-best performances, and can also advance to national and international levels of competition.

Top performers in Greater Vernon will qualify for spots on Team BC for the 2020 Special Olympics Canada Winter Games in Thunder Bay, Ont., which will be the national qualifier for the 2021 Special Olympics World Winter Games in Sweden.

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