Special Olympics

The Zone 1 Northwestern Ontario Games in Kenora last weekend featured a bevy of local Special Olympic athletes who put on quite the show.
More than 100 competitors from Kenora, Dryden, and Thunder Bay joined the Fort Frances contingent in the two-day event.
On the track, Ray Bedard was the top athlete in the male division (aged 30 and up), winning the first-place ribbon in all four events he entered, while Anita Hahkala earned that honour among the females.
Dave Ducasse was just behind Bedard in second while Lisa Gushulak finished three spots behind Hahkala in fourth place.
All four qualified for the provincial games in Sault Ste. Marie in early August.
Angie Pernsky, competing in the female 22-29 division, finished sixth overall.
Track coach Cindy Baker was impressed how her team performed. “They all beat their personal bests,” she noted. “They worked hard for this one.”
Bedard finished first in the 50m and 200m races, as well as long jump and shot put. Ducasse came first in both the 400m and 1,500m races, second in the 200m and shot put, and fourth in the long jump.
Arlin Scott, who finished sixth overall among the men, was second in the 50m, fifth in the 200m and shot put, and ninth in the long jump.
Among the women, Hahkala took first in the 50m, 400m, long jump, and shot put, and finished second in the 200m. Gushulak was second in the 100m and shot put, and third in the long jump.
In the mixed 4x100m relay race (a non-provincial event), Scott, Gushulak, Bedard, and Ducasse teamed up to finish in first place.
In her division, Pernsky was third in the long jump and fourth in the 50m. She did not place in the shot put event.
Meanwhile, the Fort Frances Blue Jays ran into some trouble from Thunder Bay on the diamond, losing 15-1 to the Geckos in the final round-robin game to finish second overall and miss advancing to the provincials
“I think they played excellent. You have to consider Thunder Bay as the bigger town. They had some really good hitters,” said softball coach Sandy Pruys.
“But our team outplayed their normal practices,” she added.
The Blue Jays had opened action with a 14-4 win over the Thunder Bay Blizzards.
The team included Joyce Gosselin (P), Mike Tkachuk (3B), Devon Stearns (C), Kevin Oster (RF), Carrie Jolicoeur (1B), Gerald Carrier (SS), Gerald Nugent (C/LF), Karen Erwin (2B), Lawrence Mason (CF), Keith Henderson of Atikokan (LF/2B), Danny Smith (rover), Thomas Fraser (CF/2B), Chris Calder (RF), Sean Turgeon (LF).