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Pictou County athletes headed to Invitational Youth Games

The Youth bocce team will compete at the Invitational Youth Games in Toronto. From left, coach Jean Ivey-Fraser, and athletes Ivan Willis, Kara Scott, Carson Campbell, Cydney MacLean and coach Sheri Scott.
The Youth bocce team will compete at the Invitational Youth Games in Toronto. From left, coach Jean Ivey-Fraser, and athletes Ivan Willis, Kara Scott, Carson Campbell, Cydney MacLean and coach Sheri Scott. - Kevin Adshade

NEW GLASGOW

Special Olympic athletes from Pictou County are going to Toronto, Ont., to participate in the Invitational Youth Games May 14 to 17.

Sheri Scott of Scotsburn is a co-coach of the bocce team, along with Jean Ivey-Fraser. Scott’s daughter Kara is on the bocce team.

“It’s the first time we’ve been invited to something like this (and) they’re extremely excited,” said Sheri Scott.

“It’s the first time, especially for the Youth, that they’ve been away from their parents for any length of time, and here we are, getting ready to fly to Toronto.”

The 2019 Special Olympics Ontario Invitational Youth Games will bring together 2,000 student-athletes aged 13-21 from around the world to Toronto.

The Games will host a unified and traditional team option in five sports (athletics, basketball, bocce, floor hockey, and soccer).

Shown is the Pictou County Special Olympics floor hockey team that will compete at the International Youth Games in Toronto. Team members include coach Craig Murray, Harry Haroutunian, Derek Sanders, Stacey Rhodenizer, Dwayne Saunders, coach Henry Heighton, Dave MacDonald, Ian Smith, Justin Barnett, Josh Sisson, Alistar MacLean, Shawn “Ducky” Cameron, Norma Paris, Craig Boyd and coach Derek Borden. Missing from photo is Darrell Williams.
Shown is the Pictou County Special Olympics floor hockey team that will compete at the International Youth Games in Toronto. Team members include coach Craig Murray, Harry Haroutunian, Derek Sanders, Stacey Rhodenizer, Dwayne Saunders, coach Henry Heighton, Dave MacDonald, Ian Smith, Justin Barnett, Josh Sisson, Alistar MacLean, Shawn “Ducky” Cameron, Norma Paris, Craig Boyd and coach Derek Borden. Missing from photo is Darrell Williams.

 

Four soccer players from Pictou County will team up with other athletes from around the province to represent Nova Scotia. From left, Kayla Richard, James Tulloch, Daniel Martin and Kael Langille. The youth soccer team is coached locally by Trevor Kearley and Allison Kearley.
Four soccer players from Pictou County will team up with other athletes from around the province to represent Nova Scotia. From left, Kayla Richard, James Tulloch, Daniel Martin and Kael Langille. The youth soccer team is coached locally by Trevor Kearley and Allison Kearley.

The youth (U21) provincial floor hockey squad is coached locally by Trevor Kearley. Pictou County athletes Kael Langille and Skylar Sutherland are part of the team.

“We have four athletes from Pictou County on the soccer team. The bocce team is strictly from Pictou County – four individuals – and we have two in youth floor hockey who will be joining other athletes from around the province,” said Sheri Scott.

“We also have the floor hockey intermediate team (ages 21 and over) who will also be going to Toronto.”

When they aren’t competing, all the athletes will get a chance to visit the Toronto Aquarium, while the intermediate floor hockey team – the local squad won silver at provincials this past winter – will also visit the Hockey Hall of Fame in the Ontario capital.

“That is going to be so cool,” said floor hockey player Stacey Saunders, who in the 2018 national Canadian Special Olympics games won two gold medals and a bronze in track and field.

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