Shelburne County Special Olympians celebrate big wins at the annual summer games.
By Amy Woolvett
Athletes from Shelburne County came home with a great showing at the Nova Scotia Summer Games Special Olympics.
There were 36 athletes, coaches and mission staff who travelled by bus to Antigonish for the competitions.
Veteran Special Olympian and soccer goalkeeper Martin Fudge had a 3-0 shut out in the gold medal game.
Both the Shelburne County soccer team and bocce team brought home gold while Andrew Hicks won silver in bowling and Anne Bishop bronze in bowling.
Nakita Penney took two gold and two silver in track and filed and Kelly Goreham won silver in track and field.
Despite the miserable weather, the athletes kept up great spirits throughout the weekend.
“It was rainy and cold but that didn’t stop anybody,” said Kim Arcon, board member for the Shelburne County Special Olympics.
She said all the athletes did great on and off the field.
“It was such a team building experience,” she said. “The medals were only one piece of the success of the weekend.”
She said one of the goals for the board was to enable all athletes who wanted to go an opportunity, fundraising throughout the year to meet those goals with success.
The victorious athletes were met on arrival to Shelburne by two fire trucks and local supporters to do their much deserved victory lap.