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Special Olympics Guam holds annual aquatic event

Posted: Jun 12, 2018 3:01 PM Updated:

Over 60 athletes took part in the 42nd annual Special Olympics Aquatics event held at the Hagatna Pool. After 8-weeks of training for 2 hours a day every Saturday all of their hard work was showcased in a variety of events. Swimmers as young as 8 to as old as 52 competed for the fastest time in 67 heats, held throughout the day. There were breaks in between heats to award medals to all of the Special Olympic athletes.

Frank Florig with Special Olympics Guam said, "It's a community based program. As you know everyone here today are volunteers comprised of people from different sectors of our community. Our military family and brothers and sisters in uniform they are out here today and they hold different positions from coaching to board members at Special Olympics to barbequing as well as food preparation."

Military personnel came out in full force helping with setting up and breaking down. The Air Force, Navy, Marines, Army, Coast Guard, Reserves as well as the Guam National Guard all assisting with this year's aquatics event.

Kamia Dierking with GTA Guam said, "This started back probably last year. As you know we have been a part of the community for over 50 years and so what we wanted to do is really take it a step further. So this is part of our Team Up For Good initiative which is all part of giving back. And at GTA we value the community and we just know that in order for us to continue to do well we really have to give back to the community."

This is one of 4 events a year Special Olympics Guam puts together for athletes on island. A big thank you goes out to all of the coaches, volunteers, parents and island community for coming together for a great cause.

Florig added, "Everyone that competes today will walk away a winner. They may not be all gold medalist but they will be silver and bronze."

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