Trio joins Special Olympic Games


STELLARTON — Track and field and gymnastics athletes are among those from Pictou County who are taking part in the 2018 Canadian Special Olympics Summer Games in Antigonish.

Stacey Saunders and Lucy Rogers are in track and field and work out at Pioneer Coal Athletic Field, while rhythmic gymnastics athlete Kara Scott has been practising at Ashlei Ballet School with her mother and coach Sheri Scott.

Saunders also does long jumping but is not entered in the discipline in Antigonish.

“I have been in Special Olympics for nearly 10 years,” said Saunders, whose goal is to compete at the Special Olympics World Games. “I’m excited.”

Saunders is competing in Antigonish in 100-metre and 200-metre races and shot put, while Rogers is running the 100-metre, 200-metres and 400-metre distances.

Training is important to local athletes, Fogarty said.

“We are competing with athletes who are training seriously,” she said. “We’ve been training all year. It’s a commitment.”

Kara and her mother found out a year ago she made the national team. Kara previously competed at the 2014 Nova Scotia Summer Games.

When asked what she likes most about the Special Olympics,” Kara said: “meeting new friends.”

She has been training with Marla Sim at the Pictou County YMCA twice a week since last year.

“That’s really built her strength,” Sheri said.

The Games in Antigonish are scheduled from July 31 to August 4.

Stacey Saunders positions her shot during practice at Pioneer Coal Athletic Field.

INSET: Kara Scott performs her rhythmic gymnastics routine during practice. (Goodwin photos)