These ath­letes de­serve recog­ni­tion

RE: Pro­vin­cial games cov­er­age

The Hamilton Spectator - - OPINION -

I was very dis­ap­pointed to open the Mon­day (July 17) Spec­ta­tor and not see one word about the Pro­vin­cial Spe­cial Olympic Games held in Peel last week. I no­ticed an in­ter­est­ing ar­ti­cle on a crow in Wash­ing­ton D.C. with one foot but un­for­tu­nately noth­ing about some 790 ath­letes from across On­tario and all with vary­ing de­grees of spe­cial needs.

I spent three days cheer­ing on these ath­letes and to quote a photographer with the games: “It was an amaz­ing hum­bling, soul cleans­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.” We all strug­gle day to day with our own lives but to see these ath­letes take on their sport and try their hard­est to win while never los­ing sight of one thing … hav­ing fun. The team spirit and ca­ma­raderie wit­nessed makes one won­der if these ath­letes have life fig­ured out while the rest of us strug­gle to just sur­vive.

The ath­letes and their coaches are an in­spi­ra­tion to us all and de­served some recog­ni­tion and cov­er­age. Nancy Josling, Mount Hope

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