Michael Savage Jr. was coached by Deborah Carter for the 2015 Western Canada Games in Wood Buffalo

Langley athlete as good as gold

A Langley man shone at the Special Olympics portion of the Western Canada Games.

Langley’s Michael Savage Jr. ran the 100-metre, the 200m and the long jump in the Special Olympics portion of the Western Canada Games.

For his hard work, he returned home with gold in each event.

The Western Canada Summer Games was the largest multi-sport event ever to be hosted by the regional municipality of Wood Buffalo, Alta.

More than 2,500 athletes from Canada’s four western provinces (British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba) and three northern territories (Northwest Territories, Yukon and Nunavut) competed in 18 sports Aug. 7 to 16.

The 21-year-old Langley man was among them, there for six days and was brought up on stage during the Aug. 13 community celebration for three Special Olympians who competed at the World Games in Los Angeles recently.

Savage enjoys competing.

“It’s super fun,” the young man said.

He was coached by Deborah Carter and Tom Norton.

“They’re fantabulous,” Savage said.

When he’s not busy with sports, he’s like so many other young people, wrapped up in social media and technology.

While he enjoys the track and field events, Savage doesn’t restrict himself.

He’s also involved in basketball and swimming.

“My goal is the Special Olympics [World] Games in 2019,” he said.

(Michael Savage Jr. was incorrectly named in the print edition. We apologize for the error and any inconvenience.)

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