‘Let me be brave’ Miche­lin Torch Run shines light on Spe­cial Olympians in Kings County

Valley Journal Advertiser - - COMMUNITY - BY ASH­LEY THOMP­SON KINGSCOUNTYNEWS.CA WATERVILLE ath­omp­son@kingscountynews.ca

It only took a sin­gle sen­tence for ath­lete Hugo Bouter to earn a round of an­i­mated ap­plause at the open­ing of Miche­lin’s Spe­cial Olympics Torch Run.

“Let me win, but if I can­not win, let me be brave in the at­tempt,” said Bouter, recit­ing the motto for Spe­cial Olympics mo­ments be­fore Torch Run par­tic­i­pants started their trek from Waterville to Greenwood around 9:30 a.m. June 1.

Bouter, a res­i­dent of the Wolfville area, has been com­pet­ing in the Spe­cial Olympics for “many, many years.” He loves “be­ing out with the other Spe­cial Olympians and hav­ing a good time.”

The lo­cal track and field ath­lete will be com­pet­ing in the re­lay, 100-me­tre dash, shot put and stand­ing long jump dur­ing the Spe­cial Olympics Nova Sco­tia Pro­vin­cial Sum­mer Games at StFX Univer­sity in Antigo­nish from June 1618.

“It’s just amaz­ing to be there,” said Bouter, adding that the Torch Run is a fun way to pro­mote the up­com­ing prov- in­cial com­pe­ti­tion.

“It’s great. The last few years, I’ve been on the Miche­lin side and it’s been great.”

Miche­lin hosted Torch Run events in Pic­tou County, the An­napo­lis Val­ley and Bridge­wa­ter in an ef­fort to raise aware­ness of the sum­mer games and en­cour­age com­mu­nity mem­bers to sup­port their lo­cal Spe­cial Olympians.

“In 2017, Miche­lin is cel­e­brat­ing 30 years of sup­port­ing Spe­cial Olympics in our prov­ince,” said Jeff MacLean, pres­i­dent of Miche­lin North Amer­ica (Canada) Inc, in a re­cent me­dia re­lease.

“Spe­cial Olympics is very close to our hearts as em­ploy­ees and we en­cour­age ev­ery­one along the Torch Run route and later on this month at the June 16-18th games, to cheer on and cel­e­brate our Nova Sco­tian Spe­cial Olympians.”

There were two runs from Miche­lin’s plant in Kings County. On June 1, the route started in Waterville, vis­ited Ber­wick and ended in Greenwood at 4 p.m. On June 2, run­ners started in Wolfville at 8:30 a.m. and wrapped with a cel­e­bra­tion at the Miche­lin Sports and So­cial Club in Waterville at 3 p.m.

ASH­LEY THOMP­SON

Town Crier Gary Long had some help with the open­ing re­marks at the Miche­lin’s Spe­cial Olympics Torch Run event in Waterville June 1.

ASH­LEY THOMP­SON

Four-year-old Miche­lin Torch Run sup­porter Rachel Dick­son, flanked by par­ents Chris and Paula Dick­son of New Mi­nas, waves for the camera.

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