Posted by: sonewjersey | June 30, 2011

World Games Update: Making New Jersey Proud!

Paddy proudly wears his Gold!

The 2011 Summer World Games in Athens are about half over, and our New Jersey Team USA athletes are already celebrating many victories!  Here are their achievements so far (note – with the time difference, these might not include events that took place earlier today):

Margo Lee, aquatics, has taken home the GOLD in the women’s 50M backstroke and the SILVER in the women’s 50M freestyle.

Chris McMullen, aquatics, has taken home the GOLD in the men’s 4×100 freestyle relay.

Kurt Schmidt, bowling, has taken home the GOLD in men’s doubles.

Christina Vassar, athletics, has taken home the BRONZE in the 3000M run.

Becky Visalli, bowling, has taken home the GOLD in women’s singles and the BRONZE in women’s doubles.

Paddy Westgate, bocce, has taken home the GOLD in bocce.

Mark Halpern, athletics, is scheduled to run the 400M today, so we’re wishing him luck and speed out on the track!

For photos, schedules, results, and other World Games information, check out the World Games website or the Special Olympics Team USA website.

THE STRIKES IN ATHENS
Many of our fans have been asking about the General Strikes going on in Athens.  Special Olympics International released this statement on Tuesday:

“Special Olympics has been monitoring the General Strikes in Athens, Greece that have been scheduled for Tuesday 28 June and Wednesday 29 June.  While there have been frequent protests in Greece due to economic and political issues, the majority of the protests thus far have been peaceful and there have been very few violent outbreaks with these protests.  As usual, international media has honed in on the isolated incidences of violence in the images they are portraying.  We have worked closely with the GOC and local authorities to make sure safety measures are in place for all athletes and guests of the World Games.  The protests have been happening in a part of the city that is not near sports and competition venues, athlete housing or the majority of guests, staff and family housing.” 

Find more information about the General Strikes HERE, along with safety tips for our athletes, coaches and families.  And, as always, you can follow our New Jersey athletes’ journey in Greece on our Special Olympics New Jersey Facebook page.

COMING UP
We’re excited to have a guest blogger stopping by next week…someone who will share her insider’s take on being a World Games athlete.

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