Special Olympians receive lifetime achievement awards

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Local Special Olympians were presented with watches as lifetime achievement awards in recognition of their longtime involvement in the local Special Olympics program. From left: Randy Ritchie, Linda Doucette, Paul Doucette, Bernadette Landry, Greg Deveau.

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Local Special Olympians have been recognized for their longtime participation in the Yarmouth area’s Special Olympics program.

The five – Greg Deveau, Linda Doucette, Paul Doucette, Bernadette Landry and Randy Ritchie – were presented with watches as lifetime achievement awards.

Gary Hudson, coordinator of Special Olympics in the Yarmouth area, presented the watches during a Feb. 26 ceremony at Brunswick Lanes.

Hudson congratulated the recipients on their accomplishments and expressed appreciation for their many years of involvement in Special Olympics.

Each of the five has participated in Special Olympics for at least 25 years or so.

They have taken part in various sports, including bowling, floor hockey, soccer, basketball and track and field.

In addition to their watches, the five honorees received certificates.

Upcoming local events for Special Olympics include a curling tournament scheduled for March 22, with participants coming from Yarmouth, Clare, Digby, Shelburne, Annapolis and Kings.

The event is expected to draw 50 curlers and 25 coaches and volunteers.

A couple of weeks later – on April 6 – it will be the Ryan Anthony memorial bowling tournament.

At the provincial level, the next Nova Scotia summer games for Special Olympics will be held in Antigonish in June.

The national summer games for Special Olympics will be held in Vancouver in July and local Special Olympian Kayne Jacquard is planning to make the trip and participate in bowling.

There are about 70-to-75 athletes in the Yarmouth area’s Special Olympics program.

Organizations: Special Olympics, Special Olympian Kayne Jacquard

Geographic location: Yarmouth, Shelburne, Annapolis Nova Scotia Antigonish Vancouver

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