Langley athlete sprints to five golds at BC Summer Games

When it comes to short and long distance running, there doesn’t seem to be an off-switch for Michael Savage Jr.

The 20-year-old Langley athlete, who is on the autism spectrum, was the Fraser Valley’s golden boy in Special Olympics athletics at the BC Summer Games held July 17-20 in Nanaimo, Parksville, and Duncan.

He ran the proverbial table on the track, capturing gold in the 100m, 200m, 400m, and 800m races, as well as a member of the 4 x 100m relay team.

Michael Jr. also finished fourth in men’s long jump and fifth in men’s shotput.

Michael Jr., who jokingly refers to himself as a “supersonic road runner,” said the entire experience was “incredible, fantastic.”

“He’s been running since he was a baby,” added his proud dad “Memphis” Mike Savage.

“Michael can run forever. He started running and he’s never stopped.”

The elder Savage said his son has natural speed, and feels he would have done well at the recently completed Canada Special Olympics Summer Games in Vancouver.

Michael Jr. had no expectations going into the provincial Games, his dad said: “I told him to go out there and have fun, and he did.”

While in Nanaimo, he heeded his dad’s advice, which was, “aways be super humble and never give up.”

Michael Jr. has athletic bloodlines. His younger sibling Alexander finished fifth in the senior boys long jump at the BC high school track and field championships May 28-30 at McLeod Athletic Park.

And last August, Alexander flew to a gold medal in the midget boys long jump event at the 2013 Legion Canadian youth track and field championships at MAP.

The BC Summer Games came to a close Sunday in Nanaimo. 

More than 3,200 athletes, coaches and officials from across B.C. competed in 19 sports during the four day event.

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