Islander wins three medals at World Games
Michael Morris claims two bronze and a silver at Special Olympics competition
Special Olympics P.E.I. athlete and Stratford native Michael Morris had a triple- medal finish at the 2009 Special Olympics World Winter Games in Boise, Idaho, this week.
Wearing bib No. 237 at the nordic ski venue in Sun Valley, Idaho, Michael raced to the finish line winning two bronze medals (4x100m relay, 500m), silver medal (1 km) and many great memories from the games.
Michael’s mother, Judy MacDonald was able to be in Boise to witness his great accomplishments.
“Michael is so happy and now ready to go home. It is so beautiful here. This is a great experience not like Japan but wonderful in its own right. We are both so pleased - me for him and him because he loves to get medals.”
The Games attracted more than 2,000 athletes from nearly 100 countries for a week filled with world-class competition and events. These games were the largest multi-day winter sporting event ever held in Idaho.
As the games come to a close otoday and as per tradition, the Closing Ceremony is cast in an even more celebratory mode, rejoicing in the triumph of the Games and the friendships kindled in Idaho. Closing Ceremony’s protocol includes the passing of the Special Olympics flag to the host of the next Special Olympics World Games in Athens, Greece.
And with the extinguishing of the Idaho cauldron, the stage will be set for a party that the athletes themselves will never forget filled with music, dancing, color, excitement, friendship, acceptance and good will all in the true spirit of the Special Olympics movement.
A celebration in Michael’s honor is being planned and information will be available soon.
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