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Posted: February 17, 2013

Local athletes contribute to record-breaking medal count

Two local athletes have each brought medals back to Canada from the Special Olympics in PyeongChang, Republic of Korea.

Jonathan Robins

Jonathan Robins of Cranbrook, a 12-year veteran who has previously brought home gold and silver from the national games in 2012, captured a Bronze medal in Advanced Super G.

Erin Thom

And Erin Thom, also of Cranbrook, captured Silver in Advanced Giant Slalom and Bronze in Advanced Super G. Erin was born and raised in Cranbrook and has been involved with Special Olympics for 20 years.

B.C. athletes contributed eight gold, six silver, and five bronze medals.

Participants journeyed to PyeongChang from 87 communities across Canada.

Thirteen athletes and eight coaches and mission staff from British Columbia helped Canada set a new record for Special Olympics Team Canada.

“Whether at home or abroad, B.C. athletes always represent our province in exceptional ways. I am very proud of the accomplishments of these two athletes, and we thank them for the hard work and dedication that has made them world-class athletes,” stated Kootenay East MLA Bill Bennett.

For more information

Visit Special Olympics BC: http://www.specialolympics.bc.ca/

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