2016 Games a beautiful memory for our Special Olympians

Dave Kearsey dkearsey@thewesternstar.com
Published on March 10, 2016

Greg Hall gives a big thumbs-up to his supporters after winning a silver medal with the Newfoundland and Labrador floor hockey team Saturday at the 2016 Special Olympics Canada Winter Games.r

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Greg Hall strutted around the hardwood floor giving fist pumps after he scored his first goal in front of his family and friends.

He had a big smile on his face and looked into the stands to see if anybody noticed. His eyes came focused on his family members who were cheering from the bleachers and he saw their big smiles so he got the answer he was hoping for at that magical moment.
It was just a sample of the care and affection displayed on and off the field of play at the 2016 Special Olympics Canada Winter Games in Corner Brook, which wrapped up Saturday.
Hall gave his family members a big thumbs up after the final was over and he had a silver medal in his pocket to show for his efforts. It was an exciting time for him as he shared the limelight with his friends and had so many supportive people behind him in his quest for a medal on home soil.
“It was beautiful. It was very emotional. I’m very happy,” Hall said when asked to sum up his feelings on the Games and the support he got at the Games. “It was good to have everybody here to watch me.”
The city played host to over 1,000 Special Olympians and supporters over the course of five days.
From coast to coast, athletes put on a display of love courage and sportsmanship while showcasing the impressive skillsets they boast from the years of working hard with their coaches in an effort to be the best they could be.
Onslow Brenton of St. John’s has been around the block when it comes to Special Olympics national events, having been a coach for the province’s floor hockey team at two previous Games, so he has seen a lot of the closeness that exists between fellow Special Olympians.
The bond between them, regardless of what province they were representing, was certainly on display at these Games too, according to the silver-medal winning coach.
“You look around and you see the smiles on the athlete’s faces,” Brenton said. “Whether they win or lose you see them going around high-fiving each other. It’s a real camaraderie among all of them.”

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