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Monday, Aug. 20, 2018
Twenty medals for local Special Olympians
by Randy Pascal

With twenty medals to show for their five days of competition at the 2016 Special Olympics – Spring Games in Guelph, Sudbury and area athletes continued to cement their place among the very best of this grouping in Ontario.

Local power-lifter Josée Seguin led the way, posting two personal bests as part of her score of 171.5 pounds, claiming a pair of gold medals, and placing first overall in the Open Women’s Division.

The pool also supplied a bevy of podium finishes, as the likes of Amanda Gardner (silver in 25m backstroke; bronze in 25m/50m freestyle), Amanda Mainville (silver in 25m breaststroke and 25m freestyle; bronze in 25m backstroke), Lisa Fragomele (silver in 50m backstroke and 50m breaststroke; bronze in 50m freestyle), James Ilves (gold in 50m freestyle and bronze in 100m freestyle) and Kylie Hocevar (silver in 50m breaststroke and bronze in 100m freestyle and 100m backstroke) all took turns sharing the spotlight.

Also capturing bronze were the local bowling team of Ryan Normand, Mike Deforge, Lauren McLean and Krystin Albert, as no less than 17 Sudbury-based athletes, along with four area coaches, took part in the Games.

Remaining local results included a fourth place finish for the bowling team of Randel Wilson, Brian Norton, Ginette Paré, Cheryl Bruce and Oscar Bernier, while swimmers Katelyn Ruff (three fifth place ribbons) and Matthew Muise (fourth/fifth/sixth) also performed extremely well.

"As a coach, participating at these 2016 Guelph Special Olympics Spring Games was the highlight of my year," noted Sudburian Lynne Houle. "It's an emotional roller coaster ride, with joys and tears every day. I loved every second of it."

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