By LORI ANN SMART
For The Citizen
This past weekend hundreds of athletes converged upon Idaho Falls High School for the Special Olympics regional track competition. The events that were participated in were shot put, discus, softball throw, tennis ball toss and several running, walking, motorized and relay races.
The motto of the Special Olympics is; “Let me win, but if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt.” These special athletes do just that. They really don’t care about the color of the ribbon, just the opportunity to compete. It is an awesome to see these special athletes compete, hug and have fun at these events.
The Preston Titans represented our community well. The coaches, Cyndi Wall and LeAnn Lewis and many parent volunteers, help the team reach its potential. Not only do these ladies help in practices, but they offer rides to the athletes, make sure they have something to eat and in general are just super women. The team practiced every Saturday, weather permitting, and then went to compete together.
The Preston Titan three relay teams got one second-place ribbon, one-third place ribbon and one-fifth place ribbon. The athletes that participated in individual races did well also, with none getting lower than fifth place. The Titans took their fair share of ribbons home in other events.
The team would like to thank its sponsor, the Preston Elks lodge, for all of the support this year. The Titans were able to buy new warm ups and uniforms this due to the Elks lodge generosity, and help from the community. The athletes, coaches and parents know this program wouldn’t be possible without these efforts.
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