That golden feel­ing

San­dra Smith, Crys­tal Young re­turn home af­ter streak of suc­cess in Aus­tria

The Compass - - Front Page - BY CHRIS LEWIS chris.lewis@tc.tc

Crys­tal Young and San­dra Smith’s lofty ac­com­plish­ments last week at the Spe­cial Olympics World Win­ter Games in Aus­tria were some­thing else. Rep­re­sent­ing Canada at an event fea­tur­ing thou­sands of ath­letes from around the world, Young and Smith won a com­bined five medals at the games in snow­shoe­ing.

Car­bon­ear and Harbour Grace have a lot to cel­e­brate as San­dra Smith and Crys­tal Young, two gold medal-win­ning ath­letes, re­turn home from two weeks of com­pe­ti­tions at the Spe­cial Olympics World Win­ter Games.

Smith and Young are both mem­bers of the TriCon Gen­tle Gi­ants Spe­cial Olympic Club, and have both par­tic­i­pated in com­pe­ti­tions on the pro­vin­cial, na­tional, and world lev­els.

The two ath­letes spent the first of their three weeks in Aus­tria not only prac­tic­ing, but get­ting to know the coun­try they’d be spend­ing the ma­jor­ity of a month in. Af­ter that, how­ever, it was time for the games to be­gin.

Smith, who calls Car­bon­ear home, has been in­volved with the Spe­cial Olympics for over a decade, and has taken part in swim­ming, ath­let­ics, and snow­shoe­ing events. Dur­ing her time at the World Win­ter Games, she got the chance to show­case her skills in the snow­shoe­ing races.

Smith, wear­ing bib num­ber 62, earned her­self two gold medals, and one sil­ver medal.

Her two gold medals come from the 200-me­tre snow­shoe­ing race, where she fin­ished in first place with a time of 1:10.54, and the 4x400-m snow­shoe­ing race, where her team fin­ished with a fi­nal time 9:18.00. She earned her sil­ver medal in the 400-m snow­shoe­ing race, with a fi­nal time of 2:37.76.

Young, in bib num­ber 65, has been a mem­ber of the Tri-Con Gen­tle Gi­ants since 1999, and has par­tic­i­pated in both sum­mer and win­ter games on a na­tional level, tak­ing part in both snow­shoe­ing and track and field.

Young came home with two gold medals. One of th­ese was from the five-kilo­me­tre snow­shoe­ing race, where she came in first with a fi­nal time of 36:26.64. She was also a part of the same re­lay team as Smith that claimed gold in the 4x400-m snow­shoe­ing race. Young also placed fourth in the 1,600-m snow­shoe­ing race with a fi­nal time of 13:32.30.

Both Young and Smith were due to ar­rive home on Sun­day, March 26, and will have much to cel­e­brate in the com­ing weeks.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

Fra Right: Young (left) and Smith both sport­ing their hard­ware from the games.

GEPA PIC­TURES/MATHIAS MANDL

San­dra Smith dur­ing the 200-me­tre snow­shoe­ing race.

GEPA PIC­TURES/HAROLD STEINER

Right: Crys­tal Young com­pet­ing in one of her snow­shoe­ing events.

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