KENTVILLE – The Pictou County Orange Crushers won the gold medal among events involving Special Olympics Pictou County athletes last weekend at the 2017 Nova Scotia Special Olympics Winter Games at Camp Aldershot.
The Crushers posted two wins and one loss in round-robin play and defeated Yarmouth 6-4 in the final.
They were among 24 athletes from Pictou County and 219 from across the province.
Local athletes took home 11 medals.
Pictou County had athletes competing in four of the six sports offered: floor hockey, snowshoeing, figure skating and curling.
Pictou County won gold in curling, taking the Jones Division with three wins in round-robin play and overcame Annapolis to take the final match. Team Members were Chris Atkinson, Evan Sharpe, Adam Smith, Jane Foance and Lucy Rogers. Coaches were Tracy Sharpe and Ryan Sharpe.
In figure skating, Greg Massaro won gold in men’s Level 2, Jessica Kearley took silver in women’s Level 1 and Molly Caldwell came home with bronze in women’s Level 1.
Loretta Levangie was fourth in women’s Level 1. Coach is Justine Harpell.
In snow shoeing. Daniel Martin won gold in men’s 400 metres, 800 meters and 1,600 metres and bronze in 200metres.
Sherri Wolfenden took bronze in women’s 200 metres and 400 metres. Coach is Carla Dumaresq.
Members of the Pictou County Orange Crushers gathered for a celebratory photo after capturing the gold medal in the Hayden Division at the 2017 Nova Scotia Special Olympics Winter Games. Front row, from left: Rodney Boyd, Justin Barnett, Darryl Smith and Chase Cameron. Middle left: Bryden Cameron, Craig Boyd and Stacey Saunders. Back left: Henry Heighton, Ian Smith, Dwayne Saunders, Allister MacLean, Darrel Williams, Derek Saunders, Harry Haroutunian and Derek Borden. (Submitted photo)