Special Olympics Summer Games

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On March 5th Vernon Oickle wrote an article for the South Shore Breaker titled:

Nine athletes from Lunenburg-Queens chosen to compete at Special Olympics Summer Games

When Special Olympians from all across the country gather in Antigonish from July 31 to Aug. 4 for the 2018 Canada Summer Games, nine athletes from the Lunenburg-Queens region will be there to compete.

I was delighted that Sandra MacNeil posted the link to her Facebook page. She's proud of her sister Jennifer (back row, second from the right) who has qualified to represent Lunenburg Queens for another event. Jenn's parents have been involved with Special Olympics too, her father, John McIntosh, on mission staff, and her mother, Maryann, a coach for the female athletes.

The Special Olympics Canada Summer Games is a national sporting event for competitive athletes with intellectual disabilities. Each athlete must qualify at the local and provincial level before coming to the National Games.

Nine sports will be represented by the team: athletics, basketball, bocce, golf, rhythmic gymnastics, powerlifting, soccer, softball and swimming.
"Jennifer has been involved since the fall of 1996," writes her father. "Her biggest gains from being involved would be her confidence level in herself and her interaction with fellow athletes. Meeting many new people and being able to attend games around Nova Scotia and Canada. She also has won a number of medals both provinally and nationally."
I've known Jenn too, and I'm also proud of her. I see the positive changes in her bearing and her excitement.
Special Olympics teams must raise their own funds to go away to events. Whenever you see a request for assistance, please consider offering a donation or supporting them in some way in their fundraising. Being a part of these olympics has been good for Jenn, and for the other athletes too.
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