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Special Olympians hit the pool

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by Dave Delgado

Guam - Special Olympics Guam held their annual Aquatics event over the weekend at the Hagatna Pool. There were about 45 athletes from the ages 8 to some in their 50's competing in several events. 27 coaches were on hand to help the athletes with some of the coaches helping the organization since the 80's.

Tina Flores, Special Olympics Volunteer, said, "I get involved with Special Olympics because it's just a special feeling to see the joy on the kid's faces when they achieve something. They worked really hard and we practiced for swimming for about 7 to 8 weeks on Saturdays. So it's just overall a very great feeling. I'm a teacher so I get good feeling when my kids accomplish something and when they achieve something and it's more special with Special Olympics because they try so much harder. No matter what their time is, it's still a very good feeling for all of us that they actually achieved it."

Kim Overturf, another Special Olympics Voluntee, said, "I've been a Special Olympics Volunteer for over 14 years and when I moved to Guam I know Special Olympics as a family and that's where I found my family here at Special Olympics. Every event that we have all the families come out, the coaches and we have people from the military. We have people from Andersen and the Navy as well as the Coast Guard who have came out to help us. The feeling that we get by everybody coming together, we get to see the athletes and they are amazing, they are better athletes than us military at times. So they can teach us things all the time and it is one big family at Special Olympics."
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