Mis­sion ac­com­plished

Three medals at Canada Sum­mer Games ic­ing on the cake for French­man’s Cove Spe­cial Olympian

The Southern Gazette - - Editorial - BY PAUL HERRIDGE MARYS­TOWN, N.L. [email protected]­erngazette.ca

Lu­cas An­tle did what he set out to do at the Spe­cial Olympics Canada Sum­mer Games.

He also came home with three medals.

“My goal was to make friends and I feel like I’ve done that,” he told The South­ern Gazette at the Kaet­lyn Os­mond Arena on Mon­day, Aug. 6.

An­tle, a res­i­dent of French­man’s Cove, was in­vited to take part in fes­tiv­i­ties for Marys­town Day a day af­ter ar­riv­ing back in the prov­ince from Antigo­nish, Nova Sco­tia, where the Games were held from July 31-Aug. 4.

The 24-year-old picked up gold medals in the mini javelin and the shot put as well as a sil­ver medal in the 100-me­tre team re­lay.

Win­ning the medals was great, An­tle said.

“It feels like I’ve ac­com­plished some­thing and I made some peo­ple very proud of me,” he said.

An­tle’s mother, Dar­lene Price, was there to greet him at the air­port in St. John’s upon his re­turn with the other ath­letes from Team New­found­land and Labrador.

“It was pretty phe­nom­e­nal. It was a very spe­cial mo­ment,” she said.

Price said he found out about An­tle’s first medal win for the mini javelin while at work.

“I guess the res­i­dents where I worked might have thought I was gone crazy be­cause I just start­ing screech­ing,” she said. “I was cry­ing so much.”

She re­ceived a call from his coach, Rose­mary Ryan, to tell her the news. She also spoke to her son.

“He was re­ally ex­cited to tell me he had won a gold medal,” Price said.

An­tle, a mem­ber of the Marys­town-based Spe­cial Olympics Burin Penin­sula North Bears, summed up his ex­pe­ri­ence at the Games as a pos­i­tive one. He said the event gives peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties the op­por­tu­nity to com­pete and show what they can ac­com­plish.

“Even though they have a dis­abil­ity they can per­se­vere through that,” he said.

An­tle, who also com­petes in snow­shoe­ing, hopes to make it to the next Spe­cial Olympics Canada Win­ter Games in 2020.

PAUL HERRIDGE/THE SOUTH­ERN GAZETTE

French­man’s Cove res­i­dent Lu­cas An­tle re­turned from the Spe­cial Olympics Canada Sum­mer Games in Antigo­nish, Nova Sco­tia on Sun­day, Aug. 5 with three medals – two golds and a sil­ver.

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