Highlights from Day 6 – July 31, 2015
- These World Games mark the first time Special Olympics Team Canada has included golf, basketball and bocce athletes, and the Canadian golfers served notice on the Harding Course that our country has game. Danny Peaslee of Manitoba and Tess Trojan of Ontario both won gold in Level 4 nine-hole golf, while Ontario’s Lorrine Russell finished second to Trojan and Kyle Grummett of B.C. captured bronze as the team’s Level 5 golfer playing 18 holes. All four golfers had their best rounds of the Games on the final fay of play, showing they can deliver at crunch time.
- Track and field athletes earned 12 medals in a day full of finals, including the thrilling men’s 100-metre sprint that saw Robert Pipitone of Ontario and Gabriel Dupuy of Québec finish 1-2 in their division. Pipitone blasted across the finish line in 11.22 seconds and Dupuy in 11.56s.
- Special Olympics Team Canada’s swimmers chipped in nine more medals in the 100m backstroke, 25m freestyle and 100m breaststroke finals.
- 10-pin bowlers earned five medals in singles play.
- July 31 was the second day of powerlifting competition for Special Olympics Team Canada athletes, and Ontario’s André Goulet and Paul Perreault competed in the same division and were the class of the field together. Goulet won three gold medals (dead lift, squat and combination) and one silver (bench press) while Perreault won three silver and one bronze (same events as Goulet). Being a world champion feels “tremendous,” Goulet said, “the best thing in my life.”
- Team Canada basketball played a closely fought bronze-medal game against Belgium but ultimately came up just short, losing 39-33. Team Canada soccer also narrowly lost their bronze medal game 2-1.