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Conception Bay North Special Olympians shine brightly at national games

From the left, Special Olympians Robert Moore, Crystal Young and Mary Ellen Murphy.
From the left, Special Olympians Robert Moore, Crystal Young and Mary Ellen Murphy. - Corey LeBlanc

Tri-Con Gentle Giants athletes return from Nova Scotia with 13 medals

ANTIGONISH, N.S. — It was an amazing performance for Conception Bay North athletes who travelled to Nova Scotia for the 2018 Special Olympics Canada Summer Games.

Necks were heavy with hardware returning home from Antigonish, with members of the Tri-Con Gentle Giants claiming 13 medals. Team Newfoundland and Labrador earned 61 medals in total at the games.

Leading the way for the locals was Robert Moore of Western Bay. Competing in athletics, Moore collected a gold (800-metre run), two silvers (standing long jump and 4x100-m relay) and a bronze (1,500-m run).

Former Olympic swimming medalist Mark Tewksbury poses for a photo with Eleanor Hobbs (standing directly to Tewksbury’s right), Tyler Oliver (second from the left) and the rest of the swimmers representing Team Newfoundland and Labrador in the pool.
Former Olympic swimming medalist Mark Tewksbury poses for a photo with Eleanor Hobbs (standing directly to Tewksbury’s right), Tyler Oliver (second from the left) and the rest of the swimmers representing Team Newfoundland and Labrador in the pool.

Swimmer Tyler Oliver also collected four medals. The Freshwater native earned two silvers (100-m freestyle, 50-m freestyle) and two bronzes (50-m butterfly, 25-m freestyle).

Crystal Young of Harbour Grace was also golden on the track, finishing first in the standing long jump. She won three medals altogether, collecting a silver (5,000-m run) and bronze (3,000-m run).

Mary Ellen Murphy, who has been involved in Special Olympics for 22 years but was only competing in her first national games, collected two medals. She won gold in 200-m run and silver in standing long jump.

The other member of the Gentle Giants competing in Antigonish was swimmer Eleanor Hobbs, a former medalist at the World Games.

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