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Bringing Home the Hardware


Local Special Olympics Manitoba athletes represented the Parkland region well late last month (Feb. 22-24) when they travelled to Winnipeg for the Special Olympics Provincial Winter Games.
Between the 11 Swan Valley Tiger Fire floor hockey athletes, six Swan Valley bowlers (one Tigers bowler and five Cobras bowlers), three bowlers from the Russell Head Pinz Bowling Club, 10 athletes from the Dauphin/Winnipegosis Riding Mountain Rebels floor hockey team, and three athletes from the Russell Storm Snowshoe Club, Parkland athletes participated in Snowshoeing, 5 Pin Bowling, and Floor Hockey.
Other events held during the weekend included speed skating, nordic skiing, figure skating, curling, and alpine skiing, hosted amongst multiple venues including the St. John’s-Ravenscourt School, the Charleswood Curling Club, the Polo Park Bowling Centre, and the Springhill Winter Sports Park, with the athletes village and the ceremonies hosted in the Delta Hotels by Marriott.
“The Parkland athletes had a great time in Winnipeg,” said Parkland Region Head Coach June Mosiondz. “The 2019 Special Olympics Manitoba Winter Games were three days full of laughter, fierce competition, and new friendships. It was an absolute pleasure to watch the talent, determination, and sportsmanship of all our athletes displayed throughout all aspects of this weekend.”
Mosiondz added her appreciation of all the family, friends, and fans of Team Parkland who made the athletes feel special, as well as the volunteers who helped make it happen.
Results from the Winter Games are as follows:
• Floor Hockey – Swan Valley Tiger Fire, bronze (competitive division); Riding Mountain Rebels, bronze (participation division);
• 5 Pin Bowling – Ron Legal, gold, 130 and over; Erin Seib, bronze, 120-129; Lorna Chartrand, bronze, 130 and over; Cheyenne Brandon, bronze, 99 and under; Mikayla Grabowski, bronze, 99 and under;
• Snowshoers – Darren Boryskavich, bronze, 100 metres; silver 200 metres; Shannon Ivey, gold, 100 metres; silver, 200 metres; silver 400 metres; Isaiah Simard, silver, 100 metres.

Jeremy Bergen