Hello again, sports fans! Micheal Oswald here with another look into Special Olympics here on the Coast!
Last article I mentioned a basketball tournament in Coquitlam and a swim meet at UBC.
On Sunday, February 15th, 2015 the SOSC Gibsons Basketball team travelled to Coquitlam to Dr. Charles Best Secondary School for a basketball tourney.
Athletes, Micheal Oswald, Micheal Beckman, Bruce Stuart, Amanda Boghean, Amber Maher, Brett Coridor, Wes Anderson, Candice Garrett and Josh Stanley were led by team coaches, Laurie Miller and Samantha Mills. Travelling along were the two assistant coaches Callum Fallis and Kyle Stanley.
The team played 4 games as well as some players subbing for another team that was short 3 players.
Team Gibsons (Sunshine Coast) played against Langley, Surrey, a second Langley team and Coquitlam.
In all four games, Gibsons came out the definitive champs, winning every game with strong dribbling, passing, shooting and amazing ball control.
On Sunday, February 22nd, the Sunshine Coast Dolphins, our local SOSC swim team travelled to UBC for a casual swim meet and competed against athletes from all across the Lower Mainland.
Athletes who competed were Amber Fenton, Teresa Bystedt, Lindsay Pearson, Genny Verge, Kyra Gray Richmond, Amanda Boghean, Bryan Ware, Paul Davis, Gus Vaughan, Michael Beckman, Stephen Malcom and Micheal Oswald. Head coach Marie Telder and assistant coaches Cathy Verge, Trevor Beckman, Daryl Lowey and Robert Wotton supported them enthusiastically.
Genny Verge and Michael Beckman wowed spectators with their 25-metre butterfly. They are the only two members of the Dolphins who are trained for this difficult stroke. Kyra Gray Richmond, a new swimmer to the Dolphins placed first in 25-metre freestyle and backstroke. Our most improved swimmer was Stephen Malcom who knocked off almost 32 seconds off his entry times.
Everyone cheered for everyone else as they met or beat their entry times, and all around was an atmosphere of appreciation and friendliness. Despite the amount of waiting between races, any time the Dolphins are invited to a meet we rise to the occasion.