NEW GLASGOW – Daniel Martin has set a milestone.
Local Special Olympics supporters are celebrating Martin’s double-medal performance this week at the 2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games in Austria where he earned a silver medal on Wednesday before capturing a gold medal on Thursday in separate snowshoeing events.
“Daniel can now say he is one of the fastest men on earth,” said an enthused Jennifer Wadden, who assists with communications for Special Olympics.
Martin won his gold medal in the Men’s 1,600-metre race and a silver medal in the 4×400-metre men’s team relay. He was also sixth in his 800-metre event.
He arrived home over the weekend and was honoured for his achievements at a reception on Tuesday at Summer Street Industries.
Martin has been an athlete with Special Olympics Pictou County for eight years, taking part in swimming and snowshoeing. He has been a competitive swimmer since 2009 and has won swim medals and began snowshoeing in 2011.
He won two gold medals at the 2016 Special Olympics Canada Winter Games in Corner Brook, N.L. to earn the spot on Team Canada this year.
Martin prepared for his trip to Austria by competing at the 2017 Nova Scotia Winter Games at Camp Aldershot.
He won gold medals in men’s 400, 800 and 1,600 metres and took home a bronze medal in his 200-metre race.
Martin was one of five Nova Scotians who took part in the Winter Games.
Besides Martin, Aimee Gordon and Brianna Harris were snowshoe competitors, while figure skaters Robert Fougere and Kaylee Stewart also competed. Gordon earned a gold and bronze, while Harris was first, third and fourth in her three events.
Fougere and Stewart combined to win gold medals in pairs. Each of them won singles bronze medals.
Daniel Martin, left, accepts a mounted citation from Deputy Mayor Clyde Fraser on behalf of the town of New Glasgow at a reception honouring Martin’s achievements on Tuesday in New Glasgow. (Goodwin photo)