Special Olympics athletes earn medals


Local athletes were happy to share their stories and medals they earned at the 2018 Canadian Special Olympics Summer Games in Antigonish.

The Games ran July 30-August 4 and offered an opportunity for four Pictou County athletes to achieve success there.

Stacey Saunders won gold medals in her 100-metre dash and was a team member in the 4×100-metre relay. She also took home a silver medal in shot put.

Evan Sharpe received a silver medal from placing second in his 200-metre freestyle race.

Kara Scott earned three silver medals and a bronze medal in rhythmic gymnastics.

“Making new friends and competing,” were highlights for Scott, whose bronze medal came in group routine and whose silver medals were in individual competitions.

“Going to the nationals was the best week of my life,” Saunders said. “I met so many new people and formed new relationships. It was a great experience.”

Sharpe was also glad to have attended the Games.

“It feels awesome,” he said, regarding attending the games and earning a silver medal. “I swam hard every race and I enjoyed meeting new people.”

Track and field athlete Lucy Rogers was unable to join the gathering, although she also won medals. Rogers won silver medals during her 400-metre race and in shot put. She took home a bronze medal in her 100-metre sprint.

Besides four athletes, the Pictou County contingency included Team Nova Scotia Chef de Mission Cathy Mason.

Coaches Ross MacIntosh, Aaron Smith, Angela George-Fogarty, Sheri Scott and Jean Ives-Fraser and mission staff member Lesley Sobey completed the local complement.

Three athletes who received medals at the 2018 Canadian Special Olympics Summer Games gathered at the Pictou County Wellness Centre. In front is rhythmic gymnast Kara Scott. Back row, from left: track and field athlete Stacey Saunders, swimmer Evan Sharpe and team Nova Scotia Chef de Mission Cathy Mason. Lucy Rogers, who was absent from the photo, also received medals. (Goodwin photo)