West Kelowna's Francis Stanley was a triple gold medal winner at the Special Olympics Canada national winter games last week in Cornerbrook

Kelowna Special Olympians show well at nationals

Central Okanagan athletes win 15 medals at Canadian Special O Games in Newfoundland

Kelowna and area athletes made their presence known in Cornerbook, Newfoundland earlier this month, bringing home plenty of hardware from the Special Olympics Canada Winter Games.

Nine Central Okanagan competitors captured a total of 15 medals in four sports.

Four coaches and one mission staff member also made the trip to Atlantic Canada for the annual national competition, March 1 to 5.

The results for local athletes were:

• Alpine skiing

Kelsey Wyse—Intermediate GS 6th, slalom 4th, super G 5th

• Cross-Country Skiing

Francis Stanley—three gold medals in 1KM Classic, 2.5KM Classic and 10KM Freestyle.

Katarina Gerhardt—silver 1KM Classic, bronze 2.5KM Classic and 7th 500M Classic

Kirk Gawryluk—silver 2.5KM Classic, 4th 5KM Classic and 5th 1KM Classic

Neil Melesko—silver 2.5KM Classic, bronze 5KM Classic and 4th 7.5KM Classic

Tracey Melesko—gold 5KM Classic, silver 1KM and 2.5KM Classic

Justin Segal—from Vernon, but trains with Kelowna athletes won one gold and one silver

• Floor Hockey

Chris Harrington and Richard Gillis—silver with B.C Vipers floor hockey team

• Snowshoeing

Tony Wilkinson—gold 100M, silver 200M and 400M

• Coaches

Garth Vickers, head coach, cross-country skiing; Annabel Stanley, cross-country skiing; Joanne March, cross-country skiing; and David Wilkinson, snowshoeing.

• Mission Staff

Leslie Thornley, Chef de Mission, SOBC Manager, Sport.



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