Special Olympics athletes from the province were in Kamloops over the weekend taking part in a variety of events. Tyler Roblin and Serena Hessel of Fort St. John competed in snowshoeing, as did Darlene Jakubowski of Dawson Creek in figure skating.

Local coordinator Debbie Roblin said Tyler and Serena are both somewhat new to snowshoeing but were able to qualify to go to Kamloops based on how they did at regionals.

“He’s [Tyler] been involved in Special Olympics for ten years and snowshoeing the last two years,” she said. “We went to regionals last year and he placed and that’s the same for Serena. Serena has just moved to Fort St. John about three years ago so she’s been involved with Special O for two years.”

The chance to compete and meet new people are a couple of the many benefits Special Olympics provides for athletes with special needs.

“I think it was really huge for them both,” she explained. “It gives them a chance to shine because they don’t get these chances. It’s huge for them. I know what it’s done for my son. He walked off that plane yesterday one of the happiest people in the world.”

After the games were done Tyler Roblin had won a silver medal in the 50 metre race and another silver in the 100 metre race, Serena Hessel won a pair of bronze medals in the 50 and 100 meter events, and Darlene Jakubowski won a pair of golds in figure skating.