The Grande Prairie Special Olympics team returned from this year’s Provincial Summer Games in Medicine Hat victorious.
Ten-pin bowling Head Coach Kelly Hollahan said the team did well in the tournament bringing home a total of 15 gold, 18 silver and four bronze.
“One of our younger athletes, our gymnast, she’s only been doing gymnastics for two years, so this is her first provincial games. She brought home five gold medals for us, which we’re very proud of,” said Hollahan. “We also have a swimmer, one of our younger swimmers’ first time going, she brought home five medals as well, and every one of our athletes they brought home personal bests in all that they did.”
Hollahan and the other coaches were ecstatic with this year’s results as it was a group of mainly younger athletes and new comers.
The athletes will not be finding out who will be competing with Team Alberta at Nationals until the end of summer.
“It’s not just a matter of because they did the best in their sport, that doesn’t necessarily make them eligible for Nationals, they still have to be able to travel that much further independently without family,” said Hollahan.
The Special Olympics Canada Summer Games will be held in Nova Scotia in 2018.
Photos from Special Olympics Alberta