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Special O Walkathon Fundraiser ‘a rousing success’

Special O Walkathon Fundraiser ‘a rousing success’

oswald chLast Sunday (April 30) our Walkathon Fundraiser was a rousing success. Over 100 people came to Porpoise Bay Park to walk in the spring sunshine, socialize and eat good food cooked by the Sechelt Rotary Club.  By the end of the afternoon we had raised approximately $20,000. Special thanks go to all the amazing citizens of the Sunshine Coast and beyond who supported our athletes both online and in person. I would like to personally thank everyone who helped me with this cause. Awesome prizes, donated by generous Sunshine Coast businesses, were distributed to top fundraisers and many others who held winning entry tickets. Huge thanks go out to David Short and the Knights of Columbus for organizing the event.

As we prepare for the coming Provincial Games, 25 BC athletes, coaches and staff returned from the 2017 Special O World Winter Games in Austria bringing with them 26 medals and a sense of pride and accomplishment on the international stage.

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Special Olympians and coaches pose for a picture at the walkathon fundraiser April 30 in Porpoise Bay Provincial Park. Helen Halet Photo

Meanwhile, on the Coast, local coordinator, turned head coach, Pat Stuart, will accompany our provincial bocce team to the games.

Wes Harrison finds fun in the sport but also takes the games seriously. He is cross training and has his sights already set on World Games.

Candice Garrett’s favourite thing about bocce is the honour of throwing the “pallino”. She is cross training in preparation and looking forward to meeting new people.

Darlene Nelson likes bocce’s social aspect and to focus on the game too. She’s getting lots of exercise preparing for Kamloops because she knows they will be competing against skilled players.

Amber Fenton finds bocce a fun and creative sport. This will be her first provincial games and she is getting quite the cardio workout by walking and boxing too.

The track & field provincial team is training hard for Kamloops.

Tania Flynn, head coach for five years, is training her athletes in long distance running, sprinting and shot put. She enjoys challenging the athletes, watching them grow and making exercise fun.

Bruce Stuart will be running the 3km and 5km as well as shot put. This will be his first provincial games but most certainly not his first big run. He ran in the April Fools Run four times as well as the 4 Lakes run in the summer of 2016. What is he looking forward to in Kamloops? “Everything.”

Eight-year track athlete Amber Maher has previously brought home hardware from the BC summer games in Abbotsford. In Kamloops, she will compete in the 100 and 200 metre sprints and shot put. Amber is looking forward to the journey to Kamloops, meeting friends and doing her best.

Only two months till the games. Stayed tuned. I’ll keep you posted.

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