Hundreds of athletes from all over Saskatchewan came to Moose Jaw for Special Olympics Saskatchewan Summer games.
During the 2017 games athletes had their eyes on competing at the next level, Special Olympics Canada 2018 Summer Games in Antigonish, N.S.
Athletes competed in five-pin bowling, 10-pin bowling, athletics, bocce, golf, soccer, softball and swimming over the weekend.
“I am blessed to have the opportunity,” said Dylan Morin. “I was actually surprised I was picked and did very well. As long as you do you best, that’s all that matters.”
“You’re giving your competitors high-fives throughout the competition.”
– Meagan Penno
Morin’s best paid off in the form of some big wins. He competed in athletics and won a bronze, silver and gold medals for his efforts this weekend.
Megan Penno volunteered as a five-pin bowling coach for Regina’s team. The team won four gold medals, and two bronze, but more importantly to Penno, the team as a whole surpassed their personal bests.
“I honestly have to tell you I have the shivers right now because I’m just so excited about being able to see them have success,” said Penno.
During competition, the athletes were able to access a bevy of health services and screenings as part of the Healthy Athletes program.
Amy Bosche, youth coordinator for Special Olympics Saskatchewan, described it as a “head-to-toe health screening.”
“They walk away with either a doctor referrals, they get hearing aids free of charge, free glasses, free sport goggles all fitted for their prescriptions. It’s incredible,” said Bosche.
“A lot of practitioners don’t necessarily have the training to work with our athletes with intellectual disabilities,” said Bosche. “A lot of our athletes may be from remote areas, or there’s financial barriers or they just don’t have…