Red Deer’s Thomasina Payne (left) and Dylan Deuchar combined to win seven medals on the weekend at the Special Olympics Canada Winter Games in Thunder Bay, Ont. (Photo courtesy of Red Deer Central Lions Speed Skating Club)

Red Deer Special Olympic speed skaters part of big medal haul National Games

It was a glorious weekend for Team Alberta at the Special Olympics Canada Winter Games.

As a province, the Team Alberta Wolfpack returned home for the event in Thunder Bay, Ont., with an impressive 86 medals.

A pair of locals did the province proud, combining for seven medals on the speed skating oval. Dylan Deuchar won a gold, silver and bronze, while Thomasina Payne won three silvers and a gold.

“To say that Team Alberta was triumphant would be an understatement,” said Team Alberta Chef de Mission Jodi Flanagan in a press release.

“Alberta had many great victories over opponents or with personal best scores. We had many achievements over the year including fitness growth, team bonding, and improvements in their sport performance.”

Flanagan added that he was extremely proud of the way all the Alberta athletes represented the province at the games.

“We became The Wolfpack over the year and built a true identity that encouraged growth and confidence and support,” added Flanagan. “Our motto ‘the Strength of the Pack is the Wolf, the Strength of the Wolf is the Pack,’ by Rudyard Kipling carried us through the year and into Games.”

“We are filled with gratitude to the Games organization and to Special Olympics Canada for this amazing opportunity.”



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