The competition continues today as divisioning finished for team sports and Bocce yesterday. Rhythmic Gymnastics has their practice today and will kick off their competition tomorrow. Athletics and Swimming will see more final events today as well.
It's been hot out here in Nova Scotia, with temperatures reaching the high 30s yesterday. A mandatory break has now been scheduled for all outdoor sports except golf between 12 pm and 4 pm. Schedules have been adjusted to reflect this, with afternoon events being moved to the evening. Please check the website for the most current schedules (see link at bottom of the newsletter). Athletes, make sure you're still loading up on water all day!
Last night, Powerlifting was the sport to watch. It was the only sport scheduled in the evening and the crowd was packed with fans. Team Toba came out in full force to support our athlete Brock as he squatted, lifted and pressed to the sounds of the screaming fans. Team Toba was so loud, the announcer brought the mic down to the audience and commended us on how loud and proud we were!
It's been great to see our athletes supporting each other, attending as many other sporting events as they can. We're so proud of the great sportsmanship being demonstrated by Team Toba!
Tonight, our Family & Friends will be heading to a local school in Antigonish for a BBQ, where they can mingle and meet with other fans from across the country.
Please note that all schedules are subject to change. Due to the extreme heat, events from the afternoon have been rescheduled. In yesterday's competition highlights and schedule newsletter, we had Ricky Zimmer playing bocce at 2:45 pm, but Bocce has now moved to 4 pm and 5:15 pm.
TEAM TOBA COACH SPOTLIGHT
Team Toba is full of amazing coaches and we are lucky to have each and every one of them. Basketball in particular has a unique coaching staff. All 3 coaches are female and it's their first National Games. In divisioning yesterday, the team went 3-0. Not bad for our first timers - way to go Bre (Head Coach), Katie (Assistant Coach) and Rawan (Assistant Coach)!
GAMES FAST FACTS
Team Toba Bocce players Helena Dyck and Helena Berg share more than just a name with each other. They live with their foster mom who is also named Helena!
Powerlfting is Special Olympics Canada's smallest summer sport with 560 athletes across the country.
Special guests handing out medals at the Games include Gold Medal winning Olympians Mark Tewksbury and Manitoba's own Jennifer Jones!
There are only 2 sports off campus - Golf and Softball.
Team Toba Basketball athletes Adam Lloyd and Sara Holmes have a 2.5 foot height difference between them. That doesn't stop Sara from giving it all she's got!
POLL Which is the only sport this week to feature competitors from all 12 Special Olympics Provinces/Territories?