Local Special Olympians nab firsts


Two local athletes fared well last weekend at the Special Olympics Ontario Winter Games in Thunder Bay.
Clayton Fugate of Fort Frances finished first in his division in the 100m cross-country skiing race with a time of 31 seconds.
Fugate also came third in the 500m race, with a time of 3:29, and placed fifth in the 1,000m race (8:14.70).
Terianne Caul, meanwhile, brought home a pair of first-place finishes in her division for the 100m and 200m snowshoeing events.
Her times were 2:30.80 and 6:03.7, respectively.
Caul and Fugate travelled to Thunder Bay for the Ontario-wide competition after last year’s qualification event was held in Fort Frances, which attracted 45-50 athletes from across the region.
Caul picked up first-place showings in the 100m and 200m snowshoe races at the event here while Fugate placed first in his division in the 100m, 500m, and 1,000m cross-country skiing events.
More than 400 athletes, coaches, and managers were in attendance for the provincial games in Thunder Bay, participating in six different sports, including curling, speed skating, figure skating, cross-country skiing, downhill skiing, and snowshoeing.
They also attended various other social events and activities.
This also marked the first time the provincial games welcomed a contingent of athletes from Manitoba.