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Special Olympians off to national Summer Games

Two Special Olympic athletes from Fort St. John will join 174 of their B.C. counterparts later this month for the 2018 Special Olympics Canada Summer Games.
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Sheryl Jakubowski, Britni Renaud, Mykaela Stewart, Miranda Laboucane, Tina Tompkins, Russell Wheat and Wyatt Turney show off their medals. - Supplied Photo

Two Special Olympic athletes from Fort St. John will join 174 of their B.C. counterparts later this month for the 2018 Special Olympics Canada Summer Games. 

Athlete Sheryl Jakubowski and rhythmic gymnast Mykaela Stewart are part of Team BC, made up of 174 athletes, 54 coaches, and 16 mission staff members from 38 communities across the province.

Local rhythmic gymnast coach Rachel Lam will also make the trek to the national games, in Antigonish, Nova Scotia, from July 31 to Aug. 4.

“Team BC athletes have been working very hard and we are excited to see them shine at the 2018 Special Olympics Canada Summer Games,” Leslie Thornley, Team BC 2018 Chef de Mission. says.

“They have been training with their local programs, working with sport-specific experts, and focusing on nutrition so they can be at their best for National Games. We know they will do B.C. proud with their abilities and sportsmanship.”

Team BC athletes qualified for the provincial squad through their performances at the 2017 Special Olympics BC Summer Games in Kamloops.

There, Jakubowski won gold for running long jump with a distance of 1.5700M, as well as a silver in athletics.

Stewart won gold in rhythmic gymnastics for her rope routine, ball routine, ribbon routine, and also all-around with an overall score of 56.200. She also won a silver medal.

In Antigonish, athletes will compete for the opportunity to represent Canada at the 2019 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Abu Dhabi.