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Special Olympics group thriving in Labrador West

Some of the Labrador West Special Olympics group at their recent Halloween party.
Some of the Labrador West Special Olympics group at their recent Halloween party. - Mike Power

It was a night full of fun, frights and food, as the Special Olympics group in Labrador West got together for a Halloween party. The group was formed last January and has seen a steady increase in the number of participants. 
“We now have 21 registered athletes, and with volunteers and the other members of the organization we are a group of between 40 and 50 people,” Secretary and Registrar Shelly Blackmore told the Aurora.
Special Olympics events are held Wednesday’s at 6 p.m. at AP Lowe primary school gym, and they are varied. There are lots of games, but in the coming weeks they will include decorating cupcakes, and joining in on a pumpkin walk. There are also special events like the Halloween party. 
Recently the group visited the Labrador City fire hall, and they plan to join the Community Living Association for their annual bus ride around town to view all the Christmas lights and decorations. There are also plans in the making for a Christmas banquet.
Chair of the special Olympics group Junior Humphries told the Aurora groups are reaching out to them. Recently they were approached by people in the Forestry department wanting to participate in the annual torch run, and the Community Gardens group has offered them a plot, so growing vegetables will be in their future. 
“The fact that the community is reaching out and making us welcome is very encouraging “ Humphries said.
Later this month two members of Special Olympics Newfoundland and Labrador will be in Labrador West to conduct a coaches clinic. They will train volunteers who will coach the athletes. On November 27th they will have their annual general meeting at 7 p.m. at the O’Brien hall. Humphries and Blackmore encourage people to come out and find out more about the group. 
If people are interested in registering an athlete or becoming a volunteer, they can go to the Labrador West groups Facebook page or contact them personally.

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