Greater Trail athletes will compete in the Special Olympic Canada Summer Games in Vancouver July 8-12. From left: Sherry Altrogge and coach Collin Berdusco swimming

Special Olympics: Athletes set for Games

Special Olympics Trail is sending a strong group of athletes to compete in the 2014 Canadian Special Olympics Canada Summer Games.

Special Olympics Trail is sending a strong group of athletes to compete in the 2014 Canadian Special Olympics Canada Summer Games at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver July 8-12.

Trail’s Sherry Altrogge and coach Colin Berdusco will be joining the Team BC’s swimming contingent, while Neil Emery and Bob Lattanzio with coach Alan Prough will compete in Bocce, and Al Cummings from Castlegar with coach Ben Postmus will tee off against Canada’s best Special Olympic golfers at the UBC course.

Altrogge led the Kootenay Zone at the Special Olympic B.C. Summer Games last July swimming to five gold medals and a silver and will dedicate these Games to her Aunt Cecil Rupert (nee Boilard) who passed away in April after a four year battle with cancer.

Emery and Lattanzio were also golden at the B.C. Games winning in the team Bocce event, while Cummings picked up a silver in golf, just missing the gold by one stroke. For Emery this will be his second national championships having competed in Edmonton in 1989 in floor hockey.

“The  ‘Team BC – Team Domination’ philosophy has been an added incentive for the host team,” said Special O coach Postmus in an email. “We’re hoping to get a jump on all other provinces with the home-field advantage.”

The Trail squad will join 1,700 other athletes from all the provinces as well as the Yukon and NWT, in what is projected to be the largest national games yet.

Team B.C. will have close to 280 athletes competing, 70 coaches, and 14 mission staff. Supporting these athletes will be 1,100 volunteers in 11 sports.

The athletes have been training hard with their coaches throughout the winter season in preparation for these games, and have also been to several training cawmps in Vancouver.

The support of local businesses, organizations, and volunteers has made the difference for Greater Trail Special Olympians and their ability to excel on the regional and national stage.

“We couldn’t provide the level of support for the athletes if the community didn’t buy in,” said Postmus. “So whether it’s the radio and paper guys come to play floor hockey or the ski hill providing the ski passes, or the golf course guys giving us seasons passes. To put a dollar figure on all that stuff we just couldn’t do it. Without the community support, we just couldn’t do it.”

Just Posted

River rising in Trail

For up-to-date reservoir elevation and river flow information, visit BC Hydro’s website

Victorian-era magnate, con artist had Rossland connections

New book explores fascinating history of Whitaker Wright

Snowed In Comedy Tour returns to B.C.

Show comes to Trail on Jan. 30

Minor hockey roots preserved in Trail mural

The Trail Minor Hockey Association founded Minor Hockey Week in 1957

Tell the Times

Web Poll: Have you been the target of petty theft in Trail?

Keep focus on helping Canadians at home, Trudeau tells MPs at start of meeting

Trudeau said the Liberals will offer Canadians hope amid issue like climate change and global tensions

Pettersson returns to lead Canucks to 3-2 win over Red Wings

Vancouver’s super rookie has 2 points in first game back after knee injury

Skaters stranded in Saint John, NB, amid storm on last day of championships

More than half of the flights out of the city’s airport were cancelled due to the weather

Call for tighter bail rules after Saudi sex-crime suspect vanishes

Mohammed Zuraibi Alzoabi was facing charges related to alleged sexual assault, criminal harassment, assault and forcible confinement of a woman

12 poisoned eagles found on Vancouver Island

Improper disposal of euthanized animal suspected

Olympic softball qualifier to be held in B.C.

Tournament is to be held Aug. 25 to Sept. 1

B.C. resident creates global sport training program

The 20 hour course teaches the science and application of interval training at the university level

B.C. VIEWS: Fact-checking the NDP’s speculation tax on empty homes

Negative-option billing is still legal for governments

May plans next move in Brexit fight as chances rise of delay

Some say a lack of action could trigger a ‘public tsunami’

Most Read