Kelowna Special Olympic athletes had great performances at the Special Olympics B.C. Provincial Curling Championships held in Coquitlam on Feb. 11 and 12.
Twenty-two Special Olympic B.C. (SOBC) curling teams competed for medals by division.
Kelowna sent a team that competed in Division C while several individuals also took part, playing on different teams.
Kelowna’s team consisted of Teri-Kay Lawrence, Dayle Booth, Joanne Seefried, Jonathan MacDonald, with coaches Cheryl Longeway and Jason Jensen.
They competed with teams from Powell River, Port Alberni, Oceanside and Nakusp.
In the final the Kelowna team came up just short and claimed a silver medal.
“The final game was an intense game as our team was up against some difficult ends,” said coach Longeway. “We managed to bounce back taking three in the last end.”
The Kelowna rink came home proudly with a silver medal and their win was also celebrated by the Kelowna Curling Club, a long time supporter of Special Olympics in Kelowna.
In addition to the Kelowna team, three other members of Special Olympics-Kelowna had the opportunity to compete at the championships as they were loaned out to help out other B.C. teams. Angie Young and Danny Sperling competed as members of the Princeton team and sixteen year old Jake Penney curled with Penticton and earned a silver medal in Division A.
“It was awesome!” Jake said of his SOBC provincial championships experience.
The Kelowna Cougars floor hockey team took part in the 2011 Special Olympics B.C. Provincial Floor Hockey Championship on Feb. 18 and 19 at the UBC Student Recreation Centre in Vancouver.
The Cougars were seeded in the top division along with four other B.C. teams including Abbotsford, Burnaby, Island Composite, and Nanaimo.
The Kelowna Cougars came home with a silver medal after being edged out of the gold medal by Nanaimo.
“We came oh so close to winning gold,” said coach Bill Farley. “Our only loss came in our first game when the Nanaimo team scored a goal with about one minute remaining, breaking a 2-2 tie. For the next four games, we were undefeated and won convincingly. The Cougars played very hard, maintained their composure and focus and continued to be very professional. Our goalie, Ryan Courtemanche did a terrific job and got a shutout (4-0) in our fourth game.”
The Special Olympics B.C. Winter Games are coming to the area.
Eighteen cross country athletes will be competing in the SOBC Winter Games this coming Friday and Saturday at Telemark and five athletes will compete in the snowshoe event of the SOBC Winter Games.
Five alpine athletes will be competing in the alpine event of the SOBC Winter Games at Crystal Mountain next weekend.
Team Canada’s Special Olympics softball team that will be representing Canada in June at the 2011 Special Olympics World Games in Greece has a big Kelowna contingent.
Nine of the fourteen athletes are from Kelowna and will be representing Canada along with 109 other athletes.
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