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Eager competitor named Athlete of the Month

By: Lucas Punkari

  |  Posted: Thursday, Jun 05, 2014 06:00 am

Dallyn Nicholas raced out of the blocks during a Special Olympics Airdrie track and field practice on June 2.
Dallyn Nicholas raced out of the blocks during a Special Olympics Airdrie track and field practice on June 2.
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During a recent practice session for the Airdrie Special Olympics track and field program, Volunteer Coach Scott Chalupiak was impressed with how quickly athlete Dallyn Nicholas took to a new event.

“We were doing the shot put, and it was the first time that he had ever tried it, he had the technique pretty much down right from the start,” Chalupiak said. “There are some athletes who struggle to throw the shot put when they are learning it… so that was really impressive to see.”

Nicholas, a 25 year old from Airdrie, has taken part in Special Olympics sports for the last 11 years and has been rewarded for his hard work by being named the Special Olympics Airdrie Athlete of the Month for June.

In addition to taking part in the new track and field program every Monday evening, Nicholas has also been at the Shamrock Lanes bowling alley during the winter where he works on his bowling skills.

“It’s been a lot of fun, and I get to meet new people in the sports,” Nicholas said. “I’m used to bowling already, but the new track program has been great so far.”

“I really enjoy the running, the jumping, and the throwing,” he added. “I’ve been getting used to those new things quickly, and I have been enjoying it.”

One of the biggest supporters of Nicholas is his mother Kim, who is usually at each of his events to cheer him on.

“It’s really delightful to see him involved in sports, especially with this new athletics program,” Kim said.

“He does the bowling in the winter, but he wasn’t really involved in anything during the summer.”

“He had played softball before, but he really didn’t take to that as much as he had with the bowling,” she added. “He had never really shown an interest in track and field before, but once he came out to the track here at Genesis Place, he was eager to try new things right away.”

For more information about Special Olympics Airdrie, visit www.specialolympics.ab.ca


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