Twenty-five talented golfers from Special Olympic Locals throughout the province took part in the Regional Qualifier at Spallumcheen Golf and Country Club June 10.
Seven teams from far away as the Lower Mainland came to play the Executive 9 Hole Course trying out for the Provincial Championships in 2013.
“Five of our local athletes participated with amazing results,” said Tom Truesdale, the Vernon golf coach. “Gerry Pollen came first in his division and Tom Wilde, Justin Sigal, Steven Linemayr and Colby Bell did very well.”
Truesdale said the group is still awaiting the end results but is confident that some of their players will qualify for next year’s Provincials.
“With the help of Kyle and Kelli from the Spallumcheen Golf Club, the event was very well organized and all participants had the time of their lives,” said Heidi Borgeaud, Vernon Special Olympics program coordinator.
Special Olympics BC welcomes people with an intellectual disability from a wide range of ages, backgrounds, interests and levels of abilities. The participation in sports provide them with the opportunity to develop social skills, cultivate friendships, increase their self esteem while they strive to achieve goals with the motto: “Let me win, but if I can not win, let me be brave in the attempt.”
“Our Special Olympic Athletes are proud competitors, brave in trying to be the best they can be while spreading their enthusiasm and smiles across to everyone,” said Karen Truesdale, Vernon Local golf head coach. “It is amazing how they get involved and involve everybody around them.
“They set the score for all of us very high.”
The SO Vernon Local offers 14 sports programs, and participants can join as many sports as they like.
For more information on the program, volunteer work or to donate to this charity, please visit www.sobcvernon.ca or call 250-306-8954.