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South Plains Special Olympics athletes compete at the 2017 Roller Skating Competition

South Plains area Special Olympics 2017 Roller Skating Competition (source: KCBD video) South Plains area Special Olympics 2017 Roller Skating Competition (source: KCBD video)
South Plains area Special Olympics 2017 Roller Skating Competition (source: KCBD video) South Plains area Special Olympics 2017 Roller Skating Competition (source: KCBD video)
LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -

South Plains Special Olympics Athletes took to the rink today at the 2017 Roller Skating Competition. This event is unique to the South Plains, as the sport doesn’t have an event at the state level.

But it has a huge following among athletes in our area.

"This is their finals, so they prep all year for this and this is where if they get the gold here, this is basically like their state championship," Special Olympics TX (SOTX) area director Ashley Pena said.

It takes a good pair of skates, a positive attitude and a team to support you.

That’s what it’s all about for the Special Olympic skating athletes from Lubbock ISD.

As they race their hearts out on the rink at the annual Roller Skating Competition.

"You see them get on here and they just glide around. They cheer on each other, they motivate each other," Pena said.

Mackenzie Middle School teammates Daniel Capetillo and Alex Badillo say they’ve learned a lot from their time on the skate team.

"It’s not all about winning," Capetillo said.

"It’s about having fun and working with your team," Badillo said.

"And teamwork is always applied," Capetillo said.

They practice every Tuesday night, working toward their goals and inspiring others to do the same.

"If you fall, don’t give up. Just keep trying until you get it right," Badillo said.

"And practice always makes perfect," Capetillo.

That’s a lesson we can all learn from.

And thanks to athletes like Daniel and Alex, the Roller Skating Competition here in Lubbock continues to be a huge success, and a day these athletes cherish.

"I think today is going to be a great day to win medals, for everybody in the city," Capetillo said.

"It’s about celebrating everybody else, not just you," Badillo said.

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