Kodiak Daily Mirror - Special Olympics powers way to medals
  
Special Olympics powers way to medals
by Derek Clarkston / sports@kodiakdailymirror.com
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Kodiak’s Special Olympics athletes pulled their weight in medals at the state summer games.

Kodiak’s five powerlifters combined to win 20 medals in the powerlifting portion of the two-day games that concluded Sunday in Anchorage.

“That is not too shabby,” Kodiak Special Olympics director Dan Canavan said.

Leading the way were Derrick Blondin, Amy Canavan and Brittany Tregarthen who all won gold medals in their division for bench, deadlift, squat and combined lifts.

Blondin benched 240 pounds, deadlifted 275 pounds and squatted 265 pounds.

Canavan benched 95 pounds, deadlifted 215 and squatted 115, while Tregarthen squatted and deadlifted 135 pounds and benched 90 pounds.

Bill Marsh brought home a gold in the bench press with a lift of 180 pounds and three silvers, while Aharon Dolph picked up four bronze medals.

“They were awesome,” Canavan said. “It was a great competition. They were a bunch of dynamos.”

This was a smaller group than what Kodiak usually takes over to the summer games.

“We had some struggles with volunteers and getting coaches,” Canavan said. “That is the tough part of Special Olympics, is getting coaches.”

Canavan said Kodiak is in the process of rebuilding its summer program.

Kodiak High School boys basketball coach David Anderson headed a unified basketball team this season, but wasn’t allowed to compete at state as a startup program.

Canavan said he hopes next year the team will be able to play at state.

“We had a very successful season with them even though we couldn’t advance,” Canavan said.

More than 400 athletes from across the state participated in the games.

Kodiak now switches its focus to the fall games, which involves golf and bocce.

Canavan is expecting five unified golf teams and more than 18 bocce players.

“That is probably going to be largest group for bocce we have ever had,” Canavan said.

To volunteer for the fall games, contact Canavan at 486-4837, or email kodiak@specialolympicsalaska.org.

Contact Mirror writer Derek Clarkston at sports@kodiakdailymirror.com.
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