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New Special Olympics Airdrie competitor earns athlete of month award for April

By: Lucas Punkari

  |  Posted: Thursday, Apr 03, 2014 11:38 am

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If there is a sport that Special Olympics Airdrie has in its program, you can probably see 16-year-old Nicole Kuhn of Airdrie taking part in it.

Kuhn, who is the Special Olympics Airdrie athlete of the month for April, has been taking part in different athletic endeavours for the last six years and participates in swimming, bowling, bocce, softball, and floor hockey.

“I like to keep myself busy and active all the time,” Kuhn said. “I really like being with my friends and having fun, and I have also been able to meet a lot of new people this year.”

Having moved from Edmonton to Airdrie last year, Kuhn has had the chance to meet a lot of different people that she might not have otherwise.

“It took me a little bit to get used to everyone, but everyone here has been very nice,” Kuhn said.

“It’s a lot different here, especially because you have a much smaller group who you get to hang out with every week,” Nicole’s mother Dianne Kuhn added.

“There are about 200 bowlers in Edmonton on a given night, and here you have 40, so that makes it a bit different but a lot of fun.”

In addition to watching her daughter compete on a regular basis, Dianne is also a coach with Special Olympics Airdrie, which gives her a bird’s-eye view of how much fun her daughter is having.

“She’s really having a grand old time,” Dianne said. “She gets to take part in a lot of competitions and travel to event that she might not have otherwise.”

“It’s sometimes difficult being a coach and a parent, as you have to make sure that you are not cheering her on over everyone else,” she added. “However, it’s pretty easy as a coach to cheer on everyone, whether you’re helping that group of athletes or not.”

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