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Local Special Olympians bring home plenty of medals from Nova Scotia

Athletes now awaiting Team Canada selections for 2019 National Summer Games in Abu Dhabi, U.A.E.

The Durham Falcons softball club won gold at the 2018 Special Olympics National Summer Games held recently in Nova Scotia. More than 20 athletes from Durham Region participated, bringing home an impressive number of medals. (Photo by Joren Romaniuk)

Local Special Olympics athletes had an impressive showing at the 2018 National Games held in Antigonish, Nova Scotia.

In all, 23 athletes and seven coaches from Greater Durham Special Olympics attended the games held July 31 to Aug. 4.

Jessica Romaniuk brought home four medals, including gold in the javelin and long jump, a silver in the four x 100 metre, and a bronze medal in the 1500 metre.

Catherine Partlow captured three medals in her own right, including gold in the four x 100 metre and 400 metre races, and a silver in the 1,000 metre race.

Matthew Heldsinger and Terry Kuczwal both captured a  bronze medal in the 200 metre race.

In the pool, Victoria McDonald earned three gold medals in the 25 metre breaststroke, 25 metre freestyle, and 50 metre freestyle.

Theresa-Rose Camposeo grabbed two golds in the 25 metre backstroke, and 25 metre butterfly.

Melissa Shaw won the gold medal in the 50 metre backstroke, and silvers in the 25 metre freestyle and 50 metre freestyle, while Hannah Foster won the gold in the 50 metre backstroke and bronze in the 25 metre freestyle.

Jocelyn Rowell won the gold medal in the rhythmic group floor exercise.

The Durham Falcons also finished first the high division of softball.

According to a news release, the athletes all had a great experience and made good memories at the games.

“We thank our hard working GDSO volunteer coaches who successfully applied to be part of the team. They spent their time and energy preparing our athletes for the games,” the release states.

The Summer Games were a qualifier for the 2019 World Summer Games in Abu Dhabi, United Arabic Emirates March 14 to 21, 2019.

A list of representatives for Team Canada will be announced soon.