ANTIGONISH: Athletes from all across Canada are now visiting the local area to participate in a very prestigious sports event, the Special Olympics Canada 2018 Summer Games.
Tomorrow, July 31, the opening ceremonies take place at the Keating Millennium Center, and the balance of this week will have games take place at StFX and a few other locations in the Town of Antigonish. The games run until this Saturday, and 1,027 athletes are being hosted.
While a large number of athletes will be coming from away, the local area has a great contingent of athletes competing. The Reporter reached out to organizers last week, and Anne Marie Shannon, Director, Marketing and Communications for Special Olympics Nova Scotia, revealed that 14 locals were attending the games.
Swimmers Elizabeth Abler and Jessica Gillis, both of Antigonish, can be seen in action at the StFX Alumni Aquatic Centre.
Antigonish will also be represented by Eileen Garvie and Ryan Kearney, both of who can be found playing bocce at the StFX Memorial Field. Bocce is a ball sport played on grass.
The largest group of locals can be found showing their stuff in athletics, which will be played at the Oland Stadium. Giving their all are Port Hawkesbury’s Sasha Repko and Arichat’s Carey Clannon. From Antigonish, athletes Matthew Anderson, Hannah Deon, Christian Gerro, Lisa Lauscher, R.J. Pitts, Kristina Richard, Nicole Roberts, and Roslyn Samson will participate.
Each of these sports have events taking place from August 1 until August 4 at the venues named above.
A specific breakdown of all events and their venues can be found on-line at: so2018.specialolympicsns.ca/competition/events-schedule/.
The games are hosted at StFX University and facilitated by a partnership between the Special Olympics National Summer Games 2018 Organizing Committee, the Province of Nova Scotia, Michelin Corporate Foundation, the Government of Canada, and the Town and County of Antigonish.