St. Camillus Special Olympics recently competed at St. John’s University in the Queens County Track and Field Games. Twelve athletes competed in three events: a relay, a softball throw for distance, and a dash. Hundreds of volunteers organized a well run competition.
The activities began with each athlete receiving a competitor’s number. All of the athletes and coaches then marched behind a bagpipe band in the opening ceremonies. The Olympic games then began.
All the athletes competed in either a 50 or 100 meter dash. Gold medals were won by Walter Ensor, Amanda Lopez, Joseph Orban, and Kevin Nolan; silver by James Flood and Brian Moriarty; bronze by Erica Stringer, Terence Burke, and Paul Fitzpatrick; and 4th Place ribbons by Julie Jackson, Patrick Carroll, and Eric Geisel.
All the athletes then tossed a softball three times with the farthest throw determining their finish order. Gold medals were won by Terence Burke and Paul Fitzpatrick; silver by Julie Jackson, Kevin Nolan, Eric Geisel, and Patrick Carroll; bronze by Erica Stringer, Brian Moriarty, and Joseph Orban; and ribbons by Amanda Lopez, James Flood and Walter Ensor.
The twelve athletes were divided into three relay teams with each person running 100 meters. Julie Jackson, James Flood, Eric Geisel, and Paul Fitzpatrick won gold medals; Terence Burke, Walter Ensor, Joe Orban, and Brian Moriarty won silvers; and Amanda Lopez, Erica Stringer, Kevin Nolan, and Patrick Carroll also won silvers. The relays were organized by the volunteer assistant coaches Kathy Clarke and Jim McVeigh. Thanks go to all of the athletes’ parents, relatives, and friends who came to St. John’s to support them. Special thanks to Peg Giesel, Kathy Clarke, and Kathy Courtney for all the memorable videos and photos of the athletes’ competitions.
The athletes sincerely thank Father Dunne for their training facilities at St. Camillus, Sis O’Neill for all the paperwork she does at the rectory in support of the program, all the volunteer coaches who train them each week, and, finally, all their financial sponsors who so generously support their program.