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Busy August for Special O

Busy August for Special O

oswald chHello again readers. The summer is winding down but August was packed with activities.

Bruce Stuart and track & field head coach Tania Finnigan once again met the challenge on August 13 in the 4 Lakes Run. Tania commented, “It was a beautiful day for a run. We even got rained on, which was very refreshing. It was a small group this year. We didn’t beat our time but we are going to set that goal for next year.”

Congratulations to Genny Verge on her successful performance at the Canada Games in Winnipeg that took place August 5 – 13.  Genny said, “It was such an amazing honour to be able to go and represent my province. I will always remember these games for the rest of my life. Loved the vibe and team spirit.” As part of the SOBC swim team that included Jesse Shade, Cameron Chambers and Mikyla Carlow, Genny contributed a trinity of medals to the dozen that the team brought home. She won gold, silver and bronze for 100-metre backstroke, 100-metre freestyle and 50-metre freestyle respectively.

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Chuck Bertrand, centre, poses with Dave Kimpinsky left and Pat Stuart at the memorial picnic for Chuck’s late wife, Annette Bertrand. Helen Halet photo

A memorial picnic was held on August 19 for Annette Bertrand at Porpoise Bay Park. There was much fun and laughter during three-legged races, sack races and a soccer game played with a beach ball and no goalies. Kids of all ages (adults included) played games, visited with friends and family, soaked up the sun and munched on fries, burgers and hot dogs prepared by the Lions Club. The Taoist Tai Chi Group of which Chuck Bertrand is a member, demonstrated part of the form that they practice and then led the group in a short lesson. There were also times of tears and reminiscence as well as a moment of silence. A surprising turn of events occurred when Chuck, in his graciousness, made a donation to the Lions Club and member extraordinaire Dave Kimpinsky in turn passed it on to Pat Stuart, local coordinator for Sunshine Coast Special Olympics. Chuck was also gifted with a painted garden stone (done by Peggy Faulkner) from SOSC executive member Allyson Pearson and athlete Lindsay Pearson.

Finally, it is time once again for another year of Special Olympics. The upcoming fall/winter season sports will launch in October with swimming, curling, floor hockey, rhythmic gymnastics and basketball.

Registration will take place Thursday Sept. 14 from 5-6pm at the Sunshine Coast Association for Community Living building on Mermaid Street in Sechelt.  Coaches and executive meetings will follow. For more information please call SOSC executive member Allyson Pearson at 604-740-1754.

Hold on to your hats, it’s going to be a whirlwind.

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