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Special O swim team visits Richmond

Special O swim team visits Richmond

oswald chOn Sunday, Jan. 22, the Sunshine Coast Special Olympic swim team attended a meet in Richmond.

The newly dubbed Orcas – Amber Fenton, Stephie Malcom, Theresa Bystead, Summer Labecki, Stephanie Rogers, Paul Davis, Lindsay Pearson, Genny Verge and Micheal Oswald – found it to be THE most organized and fun pre-provincial swim meet they have EVER attended. Even in a noisy and hectic environment with so many excited people all talking to one another and crowding their coaches for last minute advice, all performed with gusto and achieved new personal bests.

The whole team went for a much-deserved dinner at the nearby Old Spaghetti Factory where they ate a yummy dinner topped off with ice cream.

The Orcas thank their coaches Cathy Verge, Gary Rogers, Catherine Duncombe, Trevor Beckman, Daryl Lowey and Robert Wotton for assisting all of them in reaching and surpassing their goals. Warmest thanks to the Richmond Dolphins for hosting this event.

On Thursday, Feb. 2 athletes from Sechelt and Gibsons basketball gathered with officers of the local RCMP to play a friendly game of hoops, in what seems to be an annual event.

The two teams, Red & Blue, were made up of a mix of athletes from Sechelt and Gibsons and RCMP Staff Sergeant Vishal Mathura, Constables Harrison Mohr, Glen Martin, Andrea Ceulemans, Scott Wong, Darcy Dumais, Ben Stewart, Tessa Cameron, Ed Harrison, Kevin Shepherd and Court Liaison Officer Sherry Robinson. The play was fast and furious and on-court hijinks by many of the constabulary towards one another led to many a chortle.

Music was also a fun aspect of the evening. Before the game, athlete Kody Pries, led his players in singing our national anthem. After the game, the crowd, to the tune of Happy Birthday, serenaded one red-faced officer, Harrison Mohr.

It’s always an honour when the RCMP teams up with our awesome athletes but none of this would be possible without the dedication of so many coaches, Marilyn Downey, Marion West, Samantha Mills and Laurie Miller.

Also in swimming news, there was a Fun Meet at Sechelt Aquatic centre on Monday, Feb. 20. Swimmers from the Chinook Swim Team and the Senior Swim Team participated alongside our mighty Sunshine Coast Orcas. The whole pool seemed alive with smiles and laughter.

It was heartwarming to see so many swimmers all chatting and cheering each other on. Thanks to the Chinook and Seniors’ teams for showing us that no matter what their age or ability, athletes of all backgrounds can come together to celebrate the camaraderie of sport.

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