2/11/16 Raleigh, NC –Eight Special Olympics Mecklenburg County athletes and a Unified partner competed in the 2016 Special Olympics Southeast Winter Games- Figure Skating competition Feb. 7-9, at Ice Plex in Huntsville, AL, according to Special Olympics North Carolina President/CEO Keith L. Fishburne.
Pam Arrowsmith – Bronze Medal
Caitlyn Belk – Silver Medal
Zoe Calhoune – Gold Medal
Brady Foster – Silver Medal
Ashley Turner – Silver Medal
Cameron Wilson – Silver Medal
Mystie Lucast – Gold Medal; Ice Dance- Gold Medal
Ashley Turner & Cassidy Smith (Unified Partner) – Unified Pairs Competition – Gold Medal
To ensure fair competition, the athletes were placed in competition divisions based on age, gender and ability level. Gold, silver and bronze medals were awarded to the top three finishers in each division, and ribbons were presented for fourth through eighth place. Special Olympics Unified Sports joins people with and without intellectual disabilities on the same team in order to promote social inclusion through shared sports training and competition experiences.
“We are so proud of the Special Olympics athletes who represented our state at this regional competition,” said Fishburne, “I know the trip was a very memorable experience for all of the skaters. It was a great opportunity to demonstrate their skills and talent on the ice and I’m sure all were inspired by their performances,” said Fishburne.
Photos of Special Olympics Mecklenburg County figure skating athletes in Alabama are available on the Special Olympics NC Flickr site: https://www.flickr.com/photos/specialolympicsnc/albums/72157664538439495
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