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Airdrie Special Olympians compete in swim meet

By: Lucas Punkari

  |  Posted: Thursday, Feb 27, 2014 10:53 am

Members of the Airdrie Special Olympics swim team were joined by their coaches and volunteers after they competed in Didsbury on Feb. 22.
Members of the Airdrie Special Olympics swim team were joined by their coaches and volunteers after they competed in Didsbury on Feb. 22.
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The Airdrie Special Olympics swim team took to the water in Didsbury on Feb. 22, as it was the host team of a swim meet at the Didsbury Aquatic Centre.

“It was pretty different experience for us being the host team, but our 11 athletes did really well,” Head Coach Tammy Hnatiuk said. “Everyone worked really hard all day, and our athletes showed that by achieving many personal best times.”

When it came to earning ribbons, Sarah Schmick led the way for the Airdrie team, as she earned four first-place finishes (400m freestyle, 25m butterfly, 50m butterfly, and 200m freestyle) to go along with a second place in the 100m backstroke and a third place in the 100m individual medley.

Dallan Ellerby had two first-place showings in the 50m breaststroke and the 25m butterfly races, and Ian Lowther snatched first place honours in the 25m backstroke event.

“I try to focus more on personal bests than ribbons, but it’s pretty hard to get the athletes convinced of that sometimes, as they are all eager to compete and very competitive,” Hnatiuk said.

“Everyone works hard during our practices, and I think that came to the forefront in our meet this weekend,” she added.

Other ribbon winners for the Airdrie Special Olympics team were Wesley Wilks (second in 200m freestyle, 200m individual medley, 100m breaststroke and 50m butterfly, and third in the 100m individual medley and the 400m freestyle), Katie Foreman (second in the 50m breaststroke, and third in the 25m breaststroke, the 25m butterfly, and the 100m backstroke), Michael Noseworthy (second in 25m freestyle and third in the 25m backstroke),

At this point, its not yet known when the Airdrie Special Olympics will be hosting its next meet, but according to committee member Sue Farkas-Fillatre, it is something they hope to do in the future.

For more information on Airdrie Special Olympics, contact Dale Foreman at 403-254-5360.


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