Friday, June 29, 2018

Special Olympians compete in summer games by Matt Pascarella

Nine Windham/Raymond Special Olympians participated in the Special Olympics State Summer Games held at the University of Maine at Orono on Friday, June 8th through Sunday, June 10th. Approximately, 1,500 athletes, ages six and up, participated from across the state of Maine.

Friday’s events began with an outside barbeque and a parade that was followed by opening ceremonies that included the lighting of the torch. Each RSU14 athlete participated in three individual events and eight of the athletes participated in team relays.

The first event on Friday was the team relays in which RSU14 brought home a silver and bronze medal.

Saturday was full of many individual events including the softball throw, the shot put, running and standing long jumps and other running events. The day concluded with a Hawaiian themed dance. athletes appeared to have a marvelous time competing. Athlete, Dani Iaconeta exclaimed, “The weekend was totally cool and awesome. My favorite part was the Hawaiian dance!”

In preparation for this summer game event, the athletes had been training twice a week with Coach, Anne Blake throughout the months of May and June.

“It is rewarding to see the smiles on all the athletes faces, win or lose and how they all showed great sportsmanship to all the other athletes,” remarked Coach Blake.

Congratulations to the RSU14 participants on a tournament well done!

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