Special Olympic medal winners

Jonathan Robins, (left) and Erin Thom after their medal-winning performances in PyeongChang. - Photo submitted
Jonathan Robins, (left) and Erin Thom after their medal-winning performances in PyeongChang.
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Two local athletes have each brought medals back to Canada from the Special Olympics in PyeongChang, Republic of Korea.

Jonathan Robins from Cranbrook won Bronze in Advanced Super G. Jonathan is a 12-year veteran who has previously brought home gold and silver from the national games in 2012.

Erin Thom, another Cranbrook resident, brought home Silver in Advanced Giant Slalom; Bronze in Advanced Super G. Erin was born and raised in the area and has been involved with Special Olympics for 21 years, this being Thom’s fourth trip to the World Games.

“Whether at home or abroad, B.C. athletes always represent our province in exceptional ways. I am very proud of the accomplishments of these two athletes, and we thank them for the hard work and dedication that has made them world-class athletes,” said Kootenay East MLA Bill Bennett.

Our province’s athletes contributed 8 gold, 6 silver, and 5 bronze medals in this year’s competitions.

Participants journeyed to PyeongChang from 87 communities across Canada.

Thirteen athletes and eight coaches and mission staff from British Columbia helped Canada set a new record for Special Olympics Team Canada.

Robins and Thom will be joined by Jesse Jensen, Neil Rye, Kendall Salanski & Roxanna Podrasky at a Snow Sports Festival in Kelowna from March 1 to 3. The local club also has athletes participating in the Provincial Summer Games in Langley from July 11 to 13. The club’s softball team will be joined by bowler Corinna MacKay and swimmers Lincoln Harrison & Mark Skelton.

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