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Area athletes compete in Special Olympic Games

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Over two hundred area athletes from the age of 8 all the way to 83, competed in the Special Olympics games today, out at Peoples Bank Stadium in Wolfforth.

The athletes competed in various track and field events like, the long jump and the four-hundred meter relay.

The organizers say that planning an event like this can be challenging, but definitely worthwhile when an athlete gets their medal.

“They all want that gold medal, and they will tell you, I am here for the gold medal,” says Area Director Ashley Pena.

That was the goal for all two hundred area athletes, which competed in the Special Olympic Games.

“I think it is amazing to show, that our athletes are just as capable as any athlete to compete.” and Pena would go on to say, “Just like they go out and support their siblings, their siblings and family are out here supporting them just like any sports team.”

That was true for athlete Nicolas Garcia, as he had his biggest fan by his side.

“I can’t even describe how I felt, when he won it was so amazing. Because, him graduating this year and him finishing of the year by winning a medal is just great,” says Isaac Garcia.

But Nicolas knows he couldn’t have done it by himself.

“The reason I am here today is because, they all helped me train. All of my friends and family helped me train,” said athlete Nicolas Garcia.

“He is a miracle baby to me, we almost lost him at the age of 5. So to see him now and to see him win the gold, is just great to me,” says Isaac Garcia. 

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