Local Special Olympians Coming Home
Prince George, B.C.- The Special Winter Olympics held in Cornerbrook Newfoundland are over, and local Special Olympics athletes did themselves proud.
There were 8 local Prince George athletes and 2 coaches who were members of Team BC that made the trip across Canada.
Six athletes competed in Cross Country Skiing and 2 athletes competed in Snowshoeing.
All the athletes did extremely well, reaching personal best times in all their events. Athletes who attended the games are skiers, Josh Pudney, Daniel lafreniere, Barbara Conway, Rita Cavenaile, Brian Whitfield, Kelly Hein and snowshoe athletes Tegan Raines, and Chase Caron. They were accompanied by cross country ski coach Calvin Dyck, and Snowshoe coach Wilma VanHage.
Some of the athletes were able to bring home medals.
Cross Country Skiers:
- Josh Pudney won a gold in the 1 km, and a silver in the 2.5 km
- Daniel Lafreniere won a silver in the 1 km, bronze in the 2.5 and 7.5 km
- Barbara Conway won a gold in the 2.5 km
- Rita Cavenaile won a silver in the 2.5 km.
- Brian Whitfield won a gold in the 2.5 km, and bronze in the 5 km and 7.5 km
The games were challenging for the athletes as the weather was uncooperative by first being too warm and then too cold, resulting in a lost day of competition.