ANTIGONISH: With over 1,000 athletes coming to town, all indications are the Special Olympics Canada 2018 Summer Games made for a busy few days in Antigonish.
The events were hosted by the one-two punch of St. Francis Xavier University and the Town and County of Antigonish. Major sponsors included Michelin, Sobeys, the Province of Nova Scotia, and the Government of Canada.
With so many athletes visiting from away, the summer games became a venue for local special athletes to show they can hold their own with national-level talent.
Antigonish swimmer Elizabeth Abler took three gold medals, one for each event she entered. Abler led the pack in the 25 M Freestyle, the 25 M Backstroke, and the 50 M Freestyle.
No one could question the effort of Jessica Gillis, an Antigonish swimmer who took no fewer than four third place medals. She garnered bronze in the 50 M Backstroke, the 50 M Freestyle, the 25 M Butterfly, and the 25 M Freestyle. Gillis was also competing in the 25 M Backstroke, taking fourth.
Port Hawkesbury’s Sasha Repko took two silver medals for her efforts in track and field, helping team Nova Scotia to second in the 4×100 M Relay and the 400 M Run. She also managed a third in the 100 M Run, a fourth in the 4×400 M Relay, and competed in the 200 M Run.
Clarey Clannon of Arichat was one of the stars in track and field. He took three third place finishes, proving his skill in the 100 M Run, the 200 M Run, and the Standing Long Jump. He also took fourth in the Shot Put 4kg.
Antigonish was well-represented in terms of track and field, with the following athletes all doing exceptionally.
Matthew Anderson managed two gold medals at the Summer Games, taking top spot for the Standing Long Jump and the 200 M Run. He also managed a silver in the 100 M Run, and a fourth place in the 400 M Run. He also competed in the shot put 4Kg.
Also taking a pair of gold medals was Christian Gerro, who took top spot in the 100 M Run and helped the Nova Scotia relay team to top spot in the 4X100 M Relay. Gerro also took fourth in the Shot Put 4kg, and competed in both the 400 M Run and the 200 M Run.
Not to be outdone, Roslyn Samson managed two gold medals in the 200 M Run and the Long Jump. Samson took third in the Shot Put 3kg, and competed in the 400 M Run and the 100 M Run.
Hannah Deon took part in five different events at the summer games, with her best showing coming in the 100 M Run where she took third. She also managed a fourth in the 200 M Run, a fifth in the Shot Put 3 Kg, and solid showings in the 400 M Run, and the Long Jump.
Lisa Lauscher was a gold medalist in the 100 M Run, and she took third in the Long Jump and fourth in the 400 M Run. She also competed in the Shot Put 3 kg and the 200 M Run.
R.J. Pitts helped the Nova Scotia team to first place in the 4×100 M Relay, and Pitts also took second in both the 100 M Run and the Long Jump. Pitts added a fourth place in the 400 M Run, and competed in Shot Put 4kg and the 200 M Run.
Kristina Richard did a great job in the 100 M Run, winning the event, and the 4×100 M Relay and 400 M Run, where she took second. Richard helped the Nova Scotia contingent to fourth in the 4×400 M Relay and also took fourth in the 100 M Run.
Taking a pair of third place finishes was Nicole Roberts, competing in the 200 M Run and the Shot Put 3kg. Roberts nailed fourth in the Standing Long Jump, and also competed in the 100 M Run and the 400 M Run.
Ryan Kearney of Antigonish was swinging his clubs to a fourth place finish in Golf Level 4 Individual Stroke Play 9. Kearney took fourth place.
Antigonish’s Mary Eileen Garvie competed in Bocce Singles.