NEW GLASGOW — The Sharpe family from Pictou County will be recognized and will be giving the keynote address today at the 2017 Special Olympics Nova Scotia Gala in Halifax.
Part of their presentation will trace their son Evan from when he joined the local swim team 10 years ago. Soon after, every family member became involved with the organization in several capacities.
Dad Tracy, mom Paula, brothers Ryan, Dylan and Kalan continue to volunteer their time, energy and resources as coaches with the curling and swim teams, serving on the regional organizing committee, helping with ongoing fundraising events, as official time keepers at swim meets and travelling to local and provincial sporting competitions to cheer on all athletes.
Evan is an accomplished swimmer and curler, having won several medals at the Nova Scotia Summer and Winter Games.
The Sharpe family said Special Olympics involvement provides a beneficial and enjoyable experience for each of them. It provides opportunities for skilled athletic competition, encouraging a healthier lifestyle, family togetherness, social activities and helping Evan develop the skills needed to secure a job he loves at the local Central Home Improvement store.
Members of the Sharpe family are full participants with Special Olympics athlete and family member Eva Sharpe. From the left, front row are: Dylan Sharpe, Paula Sharpe and Kalan Sharpe. Back: Tracy Sharpe, Evan Sharpe and Ryan Sharpe. (Submitted photo)