P.E.I. looking to add to Special Olympics medal count today

Jason Simmonds
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ST. ALBERT, Alta. — Team P.E.I. added to its medal count during Friday’s action here at the Special Olympics National Winter Games.

Callie Wood of Montague won a silver while Lorne Blackett of Souris picked up a bronze in their respective 200-metre snowshoeing events.

“We had another great day today (Friday),” said Team P.E.I. chef-de-mission Charity Sheehan in a phone interview on Friday night.

Team P.E.I. has now won six gold, one silver and three bronze medals.

“We’re really, really excited about the results from Team P.E.I.,” said Sheehan.

Also in 200-metre snowshoeing, Heidi Mallett of Alberton finished fourth, and John Rafuse of Montague had a personal-best time.

“It was probably the best race he’s (Rafuse) ever had,” said Sheehan.

The Greg St. John-skipped curling rink from Charlottetown, which also includes Phillip Chugg, John Anthony Laybolt, Monique Gauthier and Chris MacPherson, defeated Nova Scotia 8-2 on Friday to finish round-robin play 3-0 (won-lost). P.E.I., coached by Dick St. John and Ann Doucette, will face Nova Scotia in today’s gold-medal game.

P.E.I.’s floor hockey team, which beat Alberta 11-5 and lost 7-1 to British Columbia, will play Alberta in the bronze-medal game today.

P.E.I.’s Nordic skiers had Friday off, and spent the day with family members and cheering on their teammates.

Today is the final day of competition, with the closing ceremonies going this afternoon.



Organizations: Nordic

Geographic location: Charlottetown, Nova Scotia, British Columbia Alberta

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  • evelyn and Dave Burt
    March 03, 2012 - 08:39

    Warmest congratulations on all your medals; we are excited for you all. Continue to have a wonderful time, I know you all give it your very best. Mike Morris' Aunt and Uncle