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Ganders’ Special Olympics Club wins big at Stephenville championships

Ten athletes from the Gander Wings Special Olympics Club took part in the Special Olympics Newfoundland and Labrador Athletics Championships, hosted by the Bay St. George Club. Pictured front row, left to right, Sarah Bursey, Kyle Murray, Floressa Harris, Johnny Philpott; back, Erica Organ, Mike Austin, Jamie Steele, Adam Hodder, Michael Harris and Paul Nichol-Burt.
Ten athletes from the Gander Wings Special Olympics Club took part in the Special Olympics Newfoundland and Labrador Athletics Championships, hosted by the Bay St. George Club. Pictured front row, left to right, Sarah Bursey, Kyle Murray, Floressa Harris, Johnny Philpott; back, Erica Organ, Mike Austin, Jamie Steele, Adam Hodder, Michael Harris and Paul Nichol-Burt. - Contributed

Wings take home 30 medals

STEPHENVILLE, N.L. — Ten athletes from the Gander Wings’ Special Olympics Club competed with great success in Stephenville this past weekend – earning a total of 30 medals.

Athletes Adam Hodder, Paul Nichol-Burt and Jamie Steele experienced their first competition at the Special Olympics Newfoundland and Labrador Athletics Championships. The games were hosted by the Bay St. George Club in Stephenville July 6-8.

 

 

Athlete Jamie Steele taking part in the shot put competition at Special Olympics Newfoundland and Labrador Athletics Championships in Stephenville.
Athlete Jamie Steele taking part in the shot put competition at Special Olympics Newfoundland and Labrador Athletics Championships in Stephenville.


For athletes Sarah Bursey, Floressa Harris, Michael Harris and John Philpott, the competition served as a warmup for the upcoming Special Olympics Canada 2018 Summer Games in Antigonish, Nova Scotia.

In total the 10 athletes brought home 11 gold, 10 silver and nine bronze medals. Gander Wings Special Olympics Club coordinator Marg Byrd says it was an enjoyable weekend and the club is very proud of the athletes’ accomplishments.

List of athletes and medals:

Sarah Bursey - 50 m bronze, 100 m gold

Kyle Murray - 200 m silver, javelin gold

Floressa Harris - 100 m gold, 200 m silver, 400 m gold, running long jump silver

Johnny Philpott - 1500 m silver, 800 m silver, running long jump bronze, shot put bronze, javelin gold

Erica Organ - shot put bronze

Mike Austin - 200 m gold, javelin silver, standing long jump bronze

Jamie Steele - 200 m bronze, shot put bronze

Adam Hodder - 200 m bronze

Michael Harris - 100 m silver, 200 m silver, standing long jump gold, javelin silver, shot put gold

Paul Nichol-Burt - 100 m gold, shot put gold, javelin bronze

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