As the 2019 Special Olympics Ontario Provincial Winter Games approach, SooToday will be introducing our readers to the local athletes who will be participating.
The games, which are held every four years on a rotating basis, will run from Jan. 31 to Feb. 3, 2019 in Sault Ste. Marie.
The Sault’s Miguel Bedard, 12, will be competing in snowshoeing.
“He started snowshoeing last year and qualified for the Games,” said Miguel’s father Don, speaking to SooToday.
“I told him (he qualified) and he was excited,” Don grinned, adding Miguel enjoys swimming with others at the Sault YMCA and the John Rhodes Centre.
“I’m proud of him. Training for the Special Olympics and meeting the other local Special Olympics athletes is teaching him a lot about social skills, being a part of a team atmosphere...people are cheering him on,” said Don of Miguel, who is enrolled in Korah Collegiate’s Grade 7 and 8 program.
“He likes being outside in winter. He thinks it’s fun and challenging to race in snowshoes. He wants to continue competing in Special Olympics and hopefully make it to the worlds one day,” Don said.
The games will consist of nordic skiing, alpine skiing, figure skating, speed skating, curling and snowshoeing, to be held at the John Rhodes Community Centre, GFL Memorial Gardens, Community First Curling Centre and Searchmont Ski Resort.