Special Olympics winners announced

Jun 04, 2014

The 2014 Special Olympics North Carolina (SONC) Summer Games concluded June 1 in Raleigh and Cary, ending a weekend of competition for more than 1,400 athletes from across the state in aquatics, athletics, gymnastics, powerlifting, softball and volleyball.

The following Haywood residents earned medals and ribbons in a variety of events:

— Amsler, Nelson Amsler: Athletics - 50 M Run,         Bronze Medal; Athletics – Softball Throw, Gold Medal; Athletics - Standing Long Jump, Silver Medal

—Andrew Chase Burchfield: Powerlifting – Benchpress, Silver Medal

— Rick Cira: Powerlifting – Benchpress, Fifth Place Ribbon

— Timothy J. Cole: Athletics - 50 M Run, Silver Medal; Athletics – Softball Throw, Silver Medal

— Chad Coury: Powerlifting – Benchpress, Bronze Medal

— Austin Deeter: Aquatics - 100y Freestyle,         Gold Medal; Aquatics - 50y Backstroke, participation ribbon; Aquatics - 50y Freestyle, Silver Medal

— Johnathan Thomas Justice: Athletics - 25 M Run, Gold Medal; Athletics - Softball Throw, Gold Medal; Athletics - Standing Long Jump, Silver Medal

— Donnie Kramer: Athletics - 50 M Run, Gold Medal; Athletics - Softball – Throw, Silver Medal; Standing Long Jump, Bronze Medal

— Russell Ramsland: Athletics - 50 M Walk         , Silver Medal; Athletics - Softball Throw, Gold Medal

— Joshua Allen Tucker: Aquatics - 50y Backstroke, Gold Medal; Aquatics - 50y Freestyle, Fifth Place Ribbon

— Clifton Vanderven: Athletics - 50 M Walk, Gold Medal; Athletics - Softball Throw, Gold Medal

The Summer Games kicked off with the ppening ceremonies at the Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion at Walnut Creek including remarks by N.C. Attorney General Roy Cooper and SONC athlete Georgia Stamey of Mitchell County.

Nine hundred volunteers, under the leadership of a volunteer games management team, were recruited to serve as scorekeepers, timers, cheerleaders and various other roles to make the games a reality for the athletes.

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