Local Special Olympians do Fayette County proud

Wed, 06/13/2007 - 2:42pm
By: The Citizen

Becky Cook Becky Cook. Photo/Special.

Forty-two athletes represented Fayette County at the State Summer Special Olympics, held at Emory University May 25-27.

In the track and field events, Owen Apfel won a silver medal in the 100-meter dash and got a fourth-place ribbon in the shotput; Becky Cook earned a silver medal in the softball throw and a bronze in the 50-meter dash; and Ethan Harris got a silver in shotput and a fifth-place ribbon in the 100-meter dash.

The soccer team, the Fayette County Dominos, earned a bronze medal. Team members included Carl and Brian Bartley, Jonathan Brown, Phillip Brown, Danielle Coholich, Dylan Collins, Brittni New, Kirsten Simon, Joshua Sloman, and Kimberly Ware. Heather Brant competed in individual soccer skills and took a fourth-place ribbon.

The swimming team earned a total of 12 gold medals, five silver medals, and four bronze medals. The swimmers competed in the 25- and 50-meter freestyle, the 25-meter backstroke, and the freestyle relay. Buddy Croft also competed in the 100-meter individual medley, in which he earned a gold medal. The Fayette swimmers were Michelle Huff, Jennifer and Jessica Manus, Stephanie Powell, Glenn Terry, Shannon Waldrop, David Washburn, Meaghan Yelton, and Buddy Croft.

In table tennis skills, Soren Wilkins took a gold; Judy Montague, Scottie Moore and Cynthia Scarborough all received silver medals; Paulette Bass earned a bronze and Lisa Wilson won a fourth-place ribbon. In table tennis singles, Amber Tino earned a gold medal and Annetta Meneffee received a fifth-place ribbon.
Nicholas Sanchez earned a gold in the gymnastics event.

Fayette County Special Olympics serves more than 200 special-needs athletes of all ages. To volunteer or make a donation, contact Debbie Parrish 770-716-4320.

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