Langley Special Olympics athletes impressive at Canada Games

The Langley Warriors were as good as gold in the Canada Special Olympics Games basketball tournament in Vancouver.

The Warriors including Sean Annan, Carson Buzdegan, Chris Lawrie, Kyle Litfin, Trevin Martel, Kailyn Potomak, Alastair Singh, Andrew Wainwright, and Matthew Williams took top spot in the four-team A Division, as Special Olympics basketball debuted at a national level.

Meanwhile, veteran Special Olympics swimmer Karina Du Paul added more national medals to her huge collection.

Karina had a fantastic week in the UBC pool, coming away with four medals.

She won gold in the 100m individual medley, silver in the 50m butterfly, silver in the 100m breaststroke, and bronze in the 100m butterfly.

The 43-year-old athlete has competed in six summer nationals, one winter nationals, and one World Games.

Over the years, she’s been involved in the Canada Summer Games in Halifax (1994), Sudbury Ont. (1998), Prince Albert Sas. (2002), Brandon Man. (2006),  and London Ont.

She also travelled to Dublin, Ireland for the Special Olympics World Summer Games.

As well, Karina took home a bronze in curling at the 2004 Special Olympics Canada Winter Games in Charlottetown P.E.I.

The minimum medals she won varies from 3 to 4 in each games except for curling in P.E.I. one bronze

Karina was among the 31 athletes, seven coaches, and two mission staff members from SOBC Langley taking part in the Games, which ran July 8-12.

The 360 Team BC members made up the largest provincial team ever to shine on this significant national stage.

Here is a list of Langley athletes’ results:

Five-pin bowling

Ashleigh King, gold, F10

Jas Nagra, 4th, M8

Jennifer King, silver, F7

Tyler Page, gold, M7

Team five-pin bowling

Langley #2 – gold, Division D: Ashleigh King, Jennifer King, Brent Langridge (Ridge Meadows), Jas Nagra, Tyler Page

Swimming

Josh Low (Div. M1) gold 25m freestyle, silver 25m butterfly (Div. M2) 4th 25m backstroke (Div. M2), 6th as part of the M1 4x25m freestyle relay team.

Trisha Boyle, 25m freestyle 7th (Div. F3), 25m backstroke 4th (Div. F1), 5th as part of the F2 4x25m freestyle relay team.

Athletics

Abigale Calvert: bronze long jump (Div. F4), bronze 100m run (Div. F5), bronze 200m run (Div. F5), 7th 400m run (Div. F3), 6th shotput (Div. F3).

Andrea Zonneveld: 4th long jump (Div. F1), 4th 100m run (Div. F1), 7th shot put (Div. F6).

David Cairns: silver 100m run (Div. M3) 8th shot put (Div. M4) 8th 200m run (Div. M2), 7th long jump (Div. M3).

Dustin Beard: 7th 1500m run (Div. M3), 6th shot put (Div. M4), 8th long jump (Div. M5).

Softball

BC Langley – silver in Div. D.

The team includes Chris Beugh, Christian Burton, Kevin Danchella, Jade Deakin, Kathy Foss, Jaykob Low, Jeff Martin, Derick Muir, Matthew Sanches, Krista Sanders, Jesse Scott, Stuart Stevenson, Jeremy Wright, Jenifer Burton, and coaches Monique Deakin, Robin Foss, and Keith Foss.

In total, Langley athletes helped Team BC to 288 medals including 115 gold, 85 silver, and 88 bronze.

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