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Special Olympics Christmas banquet

Special Olympics Christmas banquet

oswald chHey readers. Hope your December will be jolly. In Special Olympics we are celebrating the holiday season and everything special about our volunteers, coaches and athletes at the annual Christmas banquet at the Sechelt Legion on Dec. 10. Of course there will be the usual fanfare, in anticipation of the arrival of The Man in Red.

Last month our local hosted their first curling bonspiel at the Gibsons Curling Rink with teams from Powell River and Langley in attendance.

Visiting coaches, Susan Storry, head coach from Powell River for six years, and Deb Kovacs head coach for Langley who has been curling for 20-plus years, were both excited to visit the Coast and happy to see the athletes in action. They look forward to a rematch at their own clubs.

Visiting athlete Richard Lang from Powell River has been curling for a decade was very “excited” to be at the bonspiel.

Local athlete, Shelly McCuaig has been on the Special Olympic Sunshine Coast curling team for six years. Her family has a long history with curling. She found the whole event “fun”.

Thanks to Gibsons Curling Club, Starbucks, Sechelt Subway, Pat Stuart and all the coaches for making this event a success.

On Dec. 4, two of our floor hockey athletes are going to Vancouver to take part in the Jon Baillie Skills Competition.

Those athletes, Destiny and Brandon will get a chance to work on passing and shooting skill, and overall just having fun.

My dad, Robert Wotton talked about the Novice swimming program that he helps with on Wednesdays. He said head coach Cathy Verge is working with the new athletes and coaches to build a sense of team and belonging. One coach usually works with one athlete while they all practice such skills as breath timing, stroke improvement, kicking and general comfort in the water. He also told me that she arranges for coaches with less experience to work alongside coaches with more experience so they are learning more about coaching whilst the athletes become better swimmers.

Well that’s all for now, may your holidays be merry and your tree shine, shine and shine.

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