May 18, 2024
Okanagan Particular Olympian awarded ‘Athlete of the Yr’ – Okanagan

Particular Olympian Francis Stanley is again on the mountain after a fast journey to Toronto for the Particular Olympics Canada Nationwide Awards the place he gained Athlete of the Yr.

Okanagan Particular Olympian awarded ‘Athlete of the Yr’ – Okanagan

The award ceremony “yearly acknowledges the excellent athletes, coaches, and volunteers from throughout the nation who exemplify the spirit and essence of our motion,” states a press launch.

“He has skilled extremely onerous and it’s by his sheer onerous work that he has had the honour of receiving this award,” stated Annabel Stanley, his mom and one in every of his coaches.

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Francis says he feels “fairly honoured” to have acquired the award.

He has been a part of the Particular Olympics for 13 years and has gained a number of gold medals in cross-country snowboarding at each nationwide and worldwide video games. He earned a spot on the Particular Olympics Workforce Canada 2022 and now the 25-year-old can add this award to his lengthy record of accomplishments.

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“It’s actually due to the Particular Olympics for giving him the chance to be an unimaginable athlete after which it was additionally wonderful for Telemark Nordic, they invited him to be on the race crew,” stated Annabel.

“That took him to the following stage as a result of he’s manner quicker than me now.”

Annabel was additionally awarded for her dedication to the Particular Olympians she trains with the Howard Carter Award that Particular Olympics BC states is given to “a coach who supplies distinctive coaching to the athletes and ensures that they’re ready to beat their private bests and ship high-calibre performances at competitions,” on their web site. 

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“We began in 2009 and I began as a volunteer,” stated Annabel. “Due to Particular Olympics B.C., they gave me coaching and accreditation to change into a greater coach.”

Now, it’s again to coaching.

“We’ve provincial video games arising in Kamloops in February after which we are going to go to the nationwide video games in 2024 and world video games in 2025 and we’re on monitor,” stated Annabel.

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