Thursday, June 21, 2012

Special Olympics State Championships, WE ARE THERE!.

June 22 - 24, 2012

Are you gonna be there?  The Olympics will be in Davis CA for the weekend, SPECIAL OLYMPICS!  We are going to be there cheering Davey and the rest of the athletes to victory. First or last, they are all winners.  Won't you join us?

From the Galt Herald, our local newspaper.

Galt athletes to compete at Special Olympics summer games this weekend in Davis

David Verissimo, Jr. wins two gold medals and one silver medal at the Special Olympics regional track and field competition in May, which earns him a spot at the Summer Games this weekend.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012 6:18 PM CDT
Only two slots were available at this weekend’s Summer Olympics, but five Galt area athletes gave it their all at a May regional meet and ended up with the knowledge they had done well enough to compete at the next level.

Raul Ramirez, Jr., Elias Reed, Kaily Riley, David Verissimo, Jr. and William Spencer Woods of the Galt Chiefs all competed at the Rancho Cordova regional meet for the Special Olympics in May and after having to choose two athletes to represent the team at the Special Olympics Northern California 2012 Summer Games, David Jr. and Elias were selected for the honor.

Now, the two will compete at the June 22-24 meet at the University of California, Davis

At regionals, Raul competed in the 100 meter run, 50 meter run and softball throw. He finished in fourth place in the 100 meter run after earning a time of 33.22 seconds. In the 50 meter run, he won with his time of 12.10 seconds, while in the softball throw, he also won, earning a distance of 4.5200 meters.

Elias won three gold medals after winning the 100 meter run (19.47), 50 meter run (9.36) and softball throw (12.3800).

Kaily, 24, won two gold medals and finished second in the last event. In the 100 meter run, she won with her time of 24 seconds, while she won the 200 meter run with her time of 54.5. She placed second in the shot put in her age group with a distance of 2.4600 meters.

David won two first place medals and one second place in his events. He won the 100 meter run at 29.78 second, finished second in the 50 meter run at 12.0 seconds and won the softball throw for his age group at 13.75 meters.

William Spencer Woods won both events he competed in, including the 100 meter run (24.69) and the shot put (2.7300 meters).

The qualification for an athlete to compete at the Summer Games is to be a gold-medal winner at the regional level, said Becky Smith, who is one of three of the Galt Chiefs’ coaches for the Summer Games. The other two coaches are David Verissimo Sr. and volunteer coach Daniel Reed.

Both Elias and David competed in every sport that the Chiefs participated in, said Smith, including soccer, basketball and track and field. Spencer and Raul also participated in all three sports, while Kaily participated in track and field for the Chiefs, which is made up of athletes from most of the schools in Galt, according to Smith. Athletes from Galt Adult Community Training also participate and ages for the team’s members range from eight to the mid 40s.

To be able to compete at the Summer Games will be a unique opportunity for the two young athletes; about 900 athletes and coaches will participate in four sports. Aquatics, bocce, track and field and tennis will be the four areas of competition at U.C. Davis. The Galt Chiefs were among 6,776 track and field athletes who competed in 12 regional competitions for the chance to compete at the state-level Summer Games.

Both Elias, David and their family and fans will be looking forward to the opening ceremonies, which take place at Aggie Stadium at 7:30  p.m. and competition, which starts Saturday and ends Sunday.

Both the opening ceremonies and competitions are free to the public.

Be gentle.

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