Special Olympics NC Results Released from 2016 Special Olympics Speed Skating Championships

speedskating20163/23/16 Raleigh, NC – Eleven Special Olympics North Carolina athletes and Unified partners from Wake and Mecklenburg counties were among 80 Special Olympics athletes from Alabama, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Virginia that competed at the 2016 Special Olympics Speed Skating Invitational in North Chesterfield, VA. March 5-6, according to Special Olympics North Carolina President/CEO Keith L. Fishburne.

The results from the 2016 Special Olympics Speed Skating Invitational are:    
Brandon Eddie
            500 M             Silver
(Wake County)                 777 M             Bronze
333 M             Bronze

Joey Flores                   500 M              Silver
(Wake County)                777 M              Bronze
333 M             Gold

Sammy Flores             1500 M              Gold
(Wake County)               1000 M              Silver
777 M             Gold

Romas Gabrielli             55 M               Gold
(Wake County)                    25 M               Gold

Zach Goodrich             500 M                Gold
(Wake County)                 777 M                Gold
333 M               Silver 

 Katie Carter                  500 M               Bronze
(Mecklenburg County)     777 M                Bronze
333M                Fourth Place    

Ezekiel Hopkins            500 M               Gold
(Mecklenburg County)      222 M               Gold
333 M               Silver

Christopher Hoskins     500 M               Bronze
(Mecklenburg County)         777 M               Fourth Place
333 M              Silver

Alex Houston                    222 M               Silver
(Mecklenburg)                        111 M               Fourth Place
333 M              Bronze

Rory Kinane                     1500 M            Gold
(Mecklenburg County)        1000 M           Gold
777 M            Gold

Nathan Vaccaro             500 M             Fourth Place
(Mecklenburg County)       222 M            Silver
333 M             Bronze

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.

“The 2016 Special Olympics Speed Skating Invitational was a quality competition enjoyed by all the athletes,” said Fishburne.  “They were able to demonstrate their talents and skills and inspired all who watched their performances!”

 About Special Olympics North Carolina
Special Olympics North Carolina offers year-round sports training and competition for nearly 40,000 children and adults with intellectual disabilities. These athletes inspire greatness through their success and provide motivation to the thousands of coaches, sports officials, local program committee members and event organizers involved in Special Olympics statewide. SONC offers Olympic-type competition in 19 sports on local and state levels. Visit Special Olympics North Carolina at Engage with us on; and


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