Area Special Olympians compete in Winter Games

WOODSTOCK — Athletes from Special Olympics Addison County competed in the winter games at Suicide Six in Woodstock on Saturday and Sunday, March 9 and 10. On Friday evening the Woodstock Rotary hosted the opening ceremonies that were attended by Gov. Peter Shumlin. The torch to open the games was carried in by members of the Woodstock Police Department. Opening ceremonies were capped off by a fireworks display high above the village green on Mt. Tom.
Eighteen Addison Athletes competed in alpine skiing, snowshoe, and cross-country skiing. The weather was perfect for racing and the Addison County athletes responded with many gold, silver and bronze medals. On Saturday evening, the annual awards banquet took place at the Woodstock Inn. Herb Gingrich, an Addison multi-sport athlete, received the Vermont Special Olympics Male Athlete of the Year. In his acceptance speech, Gingrich thanked the many coaches and volunteers who have had a positive influence in his life. He competes in soccer, skiing, basketball and swimming.
The athletes and coaches would like to thank the Middlebury College Snow Bowl, the Rikert Nordic Center and their staff for providing us with a first-class venue to practice at. We would also like to thank Skihaus for helping us with our equipment needs. We would also like to sincerely thank all of our supporters who have provided us with the opportunity to participate and “Be Brave in the Attempt.”
Editor’s note: This piece was contributed by Bill Cunningham.

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