Residents shine in Special Olympics Swim Meet

swimming 1Hard work recently paid off for two residents. Heather and Christina competed in the Special Olympics Area 9 Swimming Competition held on Saturday, April 27 at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minn.

The two athletes are the first residents from Hope to participate in the swimming competition. In preparation, Heather and Christina practiced for several weeks at a community swimming pool.swimming 2

“Being involved in Special Olympics is a wonderful opportunity for our residents,” explained Deb Wirt, Therapeutic Recreation Coordinator at Hope. “It provides an opportunity to be physically active, learn new skills and have fun.”

Heather competed in the 25 and 50 meter assisted competition and Christina competed in the 25 meter freestyle competition. Both athletes received first place in their respective events and are looking forward to competing next year.

“That was really a lot of fun and I want to do it again next year, said Heather.

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