The second day of Summer Games is well underway and competition has started for 8 of our 9 sports. It's a scorcher out there, with a temperature of over 30 degrees before 11 am! Athletes... stay hydrated!
Last night's opening ceremonies were one for the books. Team Toba was led by flag bearer Brett Hoogervorst, and it was hard to miss those bright yellow uniforms. The ceremonies were incredible, filled with local culture, music, and honored guests like gold medal winning Olympian, Mark Tewksbury, and Dr. Frank Hayden, the man who helped start it all.
The final leg of the LETR run ran the torch into the opening ceremonies and lit the cairn, which is made up of stones from across the country. Manitoba LETR member Kris McGill was a part of the torch run, and spent 5 days touring Nova Scotia with the torch, helping to bring it to Antigonish.
To cap off the night, there was a surprise performance by Canadian favorite, and Antigonish locals, The Trews! The athletes were definitely 'not ready to go' at the end of the night.
2018 Special Olympics National Summer Games in Antigonish have released a theme song and video. It's called "Let me Win", written and recorded by multiple East Coast Music Award winning artist Charlie A'Court and a group of Special Olympics athletes from across Nova Scotia.
They performed live at last nights ceremonies.
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TEAM TOBA FAN SPOTLIGHT
Our team has plenty of fans in the stands this week who made the trip to support our athletes. It's wonderful to see so many family and friends out in Nova Scotia! We had the chance to chat with parents Carolyn and Frank Friesen who are here to watch their son Dave as he competes in basketball. These two dedicated parents drove 5 days to get here! When asked why it was so important to make the trip, they said it was simple: they were proud.
"We want him to know that what he's doing, what he's accomplished, matters. It's important to him and to us," said his father, Frank.
"It's been amazing to watch how Special Olympics has changed his life. He used to be so much more reserved and being a part of this team has given him self-confidence and turned him into a real leader. He's blossomed right before our eyes and Special Olympics has done that," Carolyn said.
Good luck to Dave and the rest of Team Toba basketball as they go for the gold this week!