Special Olympic athletes shine at meet

A trio of Fort Frances track and field athletes turned in stellar performances at the Special Olympics Ontario Provincial Summer Games in Niagara Falls over the weekend.
Despite a gruelling trip that took them to Toronto’s Pearson Airport via Winnipeg, the local athletes brought home an impressive total of 10 medals.
Competing in her first provincial summer games, promising 13-year-old Amanda Beauregard led the way by medalling in each of her five events.
She captured the gold medal in the long jump and shot put, silver in the 100-m dash, and bronze in the 200- and 400-m events.
Veteran competitors Lisa Gushulak and Arlan Scott also were outstanding.
Gushulak won bronze medals in the 200- and 400-m events and the long jump while Scott took silver in the 100-m and bronze in the 200-m.
Nearly 800 athletes from across the province competed in the two-day event. Fifty of the top competitors will be named to the Ontario team at the 2006 national games in Brandon, Man.
The selections will be made in a few weeks.
The Fort Frances athletes are coached by Connie Wood and Denise Beauregard.