Tri-con athletes make big splash
Provincial Special Olympics swimming championships held in Stephenville
Four athletes from Tri-Con Special Olympics made a big splash at the 2011 Special Olympics Newfoundland and Labrador Track and Swimming championships, bringing home 19 medals. The event took place June 24-26 in Stephenville. Marsha Button, Shawn Dawson, Eleanor Hobbs and Melanie Peach won their medals in the swimming competition.
Button won gold medals for first place in the 25-metre and 50-metre freestyle events. She also picked up a silver medal for second place in the 25-metre breaststroke, and a bronze for third place in the 25-metre back crawl.
Shawn Dawson won gold medals for first place in 100m backstroke, 100-m freestyle, and 50-m backstroke. Dawson also won silver medals for placing second in 100m breaststroke and 200-m freestyle.
Eleanor Hobbs won gold medals for first place in the 25-m freestyle, 50-m freestyle, 25-m butterfly and 25-m back crawl. Hobbs also placed third in 25-m breaststroke, which earned her a bronze medal.
Melanie Peach took silver medals for second place in 50-m breaststroke, 25-m freestyle and 25-m backstroke. She also earned bronze medals for third place finishes in 50-m freestyle and 50-m back crawl.
Over 160 coaches and mission staff from 10 different community-based clubs around the province were in Stephenville for the first provincial sport championships in the organization’s history to be hosted by Bay St. George, the organization’s newest club.
Nelson White, Special Olympics Newfoundland and Labrador’s executive director, described the provincial championships as, “our marquee events that mark the culmination of the year for our community-based clubs across the province.” About Special Olympics Special Olympics Newfoundland and Labrador is dedicated to enriching the lives of Newfoundlanders and Labradorians with an intellectual disability through sport.
The provincial not-for-profit grassroots organization provides sport training and competition opportunities for over 570 athletes of all ages and abilities. There are currently 13 community-based clubs offering sport programs.
Through sport, Special Olympics offers athletes and families a sense of achievement and an opportunity to excel as they take on leadership roles within their community.