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Page 30 THE QUODDY TIDES 9 February, 2018 e e e by.Susan Esposito proximately 800 Special Olympians and Several area Olympians were among their coaches were treated to a dinner pro- the over 450 athletes competing in the vided by area residents at the base lodge. recent 49th annual Special Olympics On Monday, following the morning races, Maine Winter Games at Sugarloaf Moun- the ceremonies started with a parade of tain in Kingfield on January 28-30. Bobby athletes and coaches, with two-time Olym- Moholland of Charlotte, Mary Kowal of pic gold medalist snowboarder Seth Eastport and Betsy Craig of Calais, all Wescott of Maine leading the Special long-time participants of the games, were Olympic oath for the athletes: "Let me among those who brought home medals win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in their respective competitions and re- in the attempt." The Olympic torch then ported having fun and positive experienc- was lit. es. The athletes returned to the afternoon After the check-in on January 28, ap- games where many were completing the To The The ! 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Moose-Island Bakery Washington County Moose Island Marine Community College final run for one of their competitions. The winners proudly stood on a podium while receiving a medal or ribbon from a member of the Maine State Police for their effort. Between events, athletes were invited to participate in snowmobile rides, ride on the snow groomer, or have a sleigh ride pulled by two beautiful work horses. The athletes also had the opportunity to ride in a snowmobile with a driver or in a sleigh that is pulled by the snowmobile. Once the afternoon games were com- pleted, everyone enjoyed an evening meal before participating in a torchlight parade, watching fireworks and a having fun dur- ing the victory dance. The final events were completed on Tuesday morning, and as each competi- tion was completed, like the day before. the athletes were invited to the presenta- tion area to receive their medal or ribbon. Athletes' accomplishments Seventeen-year-old Bobby Moholland was very excited to be a part of the winter games again this year. The lone member of "Bobby's Dream Team," he started par- ticipating in 2011 when he was sponsored by the Charlotte Elementary School, Lane Construction Corporation and his uncle Aaron Clark. Moholland, who also competes in the summer games in Machias and Orono, has to have a coach attend the games with him, and his coach for the last three years has been Mina Bowen of Eastport, who works for Sunrise Opportunities. Mohol- land's family has always supported him at all of the games, and parents Janet and Robert Moholland, sister Felicia, grand- parents Eileen and Herbert Clark and Gay- le and Bob Moholland, as well as several of his aunts, uncles and cousins attend the warm weather games, while b.is parents and Clark grandparents always attend the winter games. "It is very rewarding to be able to at- tend these games and see the excitement that is extended from the athletes that compete," says Moholland's grandmoth- er, Eileen Clark of Charlotte. "The ath- letes love to interact with the people that are there to encourage them as they partic- ipate in the games. Some jump for joy as they cross the finish line while others hug their coach, give a high-five, or run off with a huge smile on their face to claim the reward for finishing the event." "Several high schools and colleges send groups of volunteers to help with the games, and many of them are designated to cheer on the athletes in their prospec- tive event," she adds. "It is a real encour- agement to the participants. Bobby particularly loves it when they are cheer- ing for him and calling him by name." "Bobby competed in the 50- and 100- meter Nordic skiing this year," reports his grandmother. "He was very happy tg re- ceive silver medals for each of these events. He enjoyed riding three times on the snowmobiles with the AMVETS and finally had to stop when his face became very cold. He was disappointed that he was not able to get a ride on the snow groomer this year as he has done in the past." Mary Kowal, 51, of Eastport was one of the Special Olympians competing for the 10-member Sunrise Blizzard team from Calais. A six-time Winter Special Olympian, she is happy to report that she won silver and bronze medals in the 50- meter cross-country skiing competitions this year. "I wore 788," says Kowal of her EASTERN MAINE IMAGES 207-853-0727 / PARTICIPATING in Nordic skiing at the Special Olympics Winter Games at Sugar- loaf Mountain is Bobby Moholland of Charlotte. (Eileen Clark photo) bib number. "And I got to go on a sleigh ride, Snowcat ride and snowmobile tide." "I liked the fireworks, and we stayed two nights in a condo," she adds. "My favorite thing was spending nights in the condo on a warm bed." MARY KOWAL wears the medals she won at the Special Olympics Winter Games at Sugarloaf. Eastport native Betsy Craig, 41, of Cal- ais says she has been going to the Special Olympics in both summer and winter for eight or nine years. "I love the Special Olympics. It's where all of my friends can put their disease behind them," she points out. "There's no one there to put us down. We're not teased." "I had a wonderful time at Sugarloaf," says Craig of her most recent experience as a member of the Sunrise Blizzard team. "I love to participate. I have a good sup- port system." "I won a bronze in the 50-meter skiing and fourth place in the 25-meter skiing," she reports. "This year it was a little different. Usu- ally there is only one condo for the boys and girls, with the boys upstairs and the girls downstairs, but this time the boys were in a different condo." "If you ever have an opportunity to at- tend or volunteer at one of these Special Olympics events, please do so," encour- ages Eileen Clark. "You will not come away disappointed. It is amazing to see how the athletes love to compete and in- teract with the other contestants and peo- fie attending the games." COPYING AND ] FAX SERVICES The Quoddy Tides 123 Water Street, Eastport