Special Olympians prepare for nationals

Curling team members Randy Corbiere, Regan Millsap, Rebecca Strain, Jeff Panamick-Sweeney and Andrew Splawanyk pose for a photo outside of a North Bay qualifier.

Fundraising bonspiel this weekend

MANITOULIN— An Island curling team and three snowshoers are busy training for the Special Olympics Canadian Winter Games in Cornerbrook, Newfoundland which will take place from February 29 to March 6.

“Manitoulin Special Olympics (MSO) snowshoers Matthew Bedard, Kelsey Mellan and Dayne Tipper will be competing at the winter games,” said MSO coach and coordinator Janet Anning. “The curling team of Regan Millsap (skip), Rebecca Strain (vice), Randy Corbiere (second), Andrew Splawnyck (lead) and Jeff Panamick (alternate) will also be competing.”

“They have all been busy dry-land training this fall and the curlers have now begun practicing at both the Gore Bay and Providence Bay curling clubs,” continued Ms. Anning. “All the athletes have been working really hard.”

The athletes have also been busy fundraising for the trip with each having to raise $1,600. The group has hosted a number of events including a bonspiel this coming weekend in Gore Bay.

“Training has been going really well,” skip Regan Millsap told The Expositor. “We have started back curling and the team is getting there. We have 97 days to go.”

Ms. Millsap has been to both nationals and worlds in the past for snowshoeing, but has changed to curling.

“It’s (curling) in my genes,” she said. “Everyone in my family curls and I’ve been curling since I was little.”

The fundraising bonspiel takes place this Friday, November 27 and Saturday, November 28 at the Gore Bay Curling Club. The cost is $180 per team with each squad guaranteed three six-end games.
The entry fee includes a lasagna supper on Saturday night
. To see if space
is still available, contact Heather Strain (705) 282-3494 (evenings), by email to hastrain1963@gmail.com or Ellen Holroyd (705) 377-4962, email cgcr@vianet.ca.