The eight Fort St. John athletes who atteneded the Special Olympics B.C. Summer Games returned home victorious last Sunday. The group won a total of 19 out of 35 possible medals—seven golds, eight silvers and four bronze medals.
The team consisted of Wyatt Turney and Nicholas Mitchell in bowling, Miranda Laboucane, Tina Tompkins, and Russell Wheat in aquatics, and Sheryl Jakubowski in the 10-kilometre race. Mykaela Stewart and Britni Renaud entered in rhythmic gymnastics.
According to Fort St. John program co-ordinator Crystal Laboucane, these were the largest B.C. Summer Games ever, with more than 1,600 athletes in 11 events.
“The team did themselves and all of their supporters proud with a fantastic showing. They almost all had personal bests,” Laboucane said.
• Sheryl Jakubowskiwon gold for running long jump with a distance of 1.5700M. Jakubowski also won a silver in athletics.
• Mykaela Stewartwon 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.
• Russell Wheatwon gold for his 100M breaststroke in swimming with a time of 3:20.38. Wheat also earned a silver and two bronze medals in swimming.
• Miranda Laboucanereceived a gold for her 100M backstroke in swimming with a time of 2:59.27. She also won a silver and bronze.
• Wyatt Turney won a silver in 5-pin bowling.
• Tina Tompkinswon silver in swimming.
•Nicholas Mitchellwon silver in 5-pin bowling.
• Britni Renaud won silver and bronze in rhythmic gymnastics.