Local athletes help break medal count record in South Korea

Fort St. John’s Sheryl Jakubowski brought back home two medals in the snowshoe racing event, a gold in the 4X400 relay, and a bronze in the 1600 metre individual race. Darlene Jakubowski, also from the Energetic City, earned two medals in figure skating, with a gold in the singles level 6 and silver in the ice dancing level 4 event.

Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development, Bill Bennett, says the achievement is a display of dedication put forth by these athletes.

"We’re very proud of the achievement of our B.C. contingent. These games not only showcase the commitment of Special Olympics B.C. in its preparation of athletes, but are a testament to the will, focus and determination of these athletes to be our next generation of community leaders."

As a whole, Team Canada members from B.C. contributed 19 medals to the total Team Canada count including 8 gold, 6 silver and 5 bronze.

With a total of 109 medals earned, team Canada surpassed its previous record of 101 medals won by the national team at the 2009 games in Boise, Idaho.

Dan Howe, Special Olympics B.C. President and CEO, says this is a significant achievement by the athletes involved, one everyone should be proud of.

"The athletes on Special Olympics Team Canada worked hard for four years to qualify to compete in the 2013 Special Olympics World Winter Games, progressing through regional, provincial and national competitions to reach the world stage. The B.C. team members were well-prepared and determined competitors who did their province proud as they achieved many medals and personal bests. We are so proud of them and their coaches."