A happy Thomas McHugh (far left) poses with some B.C. teammates after winning a silver medal in the 200 m dash.

Quesnel Special Olympians shine on national stage

Thomas McHugh, Riley Foster and Brock Terlesky bring home a trio of silver medals

Quesnel Special Olympics performed magnificently at the 2018 Special Olympics Canada Summer Games in Antigonish, Nova Scotia this past week (July 31-Aug. 4).

The trio of local athletes who travelled to the games were able to secure a silver medal each.

Thomas McHugh came in second in the 200-metre dash, with a personal-best time of 33.94 seconds. He also fared well in the 400-metre dash, coming in fifth with a time of 1:19.88, and secured another fifth place finish with a 6.3-metre toss in shot put.

Riley Foster and Brock Terlesky helped their B.C. teammates win silver in soccer.

The two Quesnel natives had been recruited to the Kelowna Rebels, who were the province’s representatives for the meet.

The team was dominant in many of the games it played, shutting out teams from Saskatchewan (6-0), Nova Scotia (5-0) and Alberta (4-0).

Despite tying the Ontario team from Brampton 1-1 in the opening rounds, they lost a hard fought 2-0 decision to them in the final.

Keep an eye out for stories from the athletes’ perspectives in Friday’s paper.


Brock Terlesky throws the ball into play during match play in Antigonish, Nova Scotia.

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