Wilton YMCA Athletes Take Home Gold, Silver and Bronze at CT Special Olympics

This weekend, thirteen athletes representing the Wilton YMCA competed in the 2016 Summer Games of the CT Special Olympics which was held at Southern Connecticut State University.

The athletes competed in Aquatics and Track & Field events over the two-day period, garnering 18 medals.  Christine Foley, director of special needs at the Wilton Y, along with Sarah Hagan and Mary Ann Genuario, coached the team.  “We’re so proud of all of our athletes. When Catherine [Arduino] won the gold in her 25m freestyle I almost cried.  To think she could not even swim as of last fall!” Foley says.

This marked the first year that the Wilton Y fielded a Special Olympics swim program, which is open to children and young adults with intellectual disabilities.

The following is a list of the athletes and their placements:

  • Ali Gance:  (16-22 year age group) gold in the 200 meter run; gold in the running long jump; silver in the 100 meter run
  • Anna Carta:  (22-29 year age group) gold in the mini javelin; 4th in the 50 meter run; 5th in the 100 meter run
  • Stephanie Pokora:  (22-29 year age group) gold in the running long jump; 7th in the 100 meter run
  • Joe Silvia:  (16-21 year age group) bronze in the 50 meter run
  • Forrest Hamilton:  (22-29 year age group) silver in the long jump
  • Priscilla Graham:  (8 to 15 year age group) gold in the 25 meter backstroke; silver in the 25 meter freestyle
  • Catherine Arduino:  (8-15 year age group) gold in the 25 meter freestyle
  • John Arthur Young:  (8-15 year age group) gold in the 25 meter backstroke; gold in the 25 meter freestyle
  • Jack Cannavino:  (8-15 year age group) 4th in the 25 meter backstroke; silver in the 25 meter freestyle
  • Spencer Rhodes:  (16-21 age group) silver in 25 meter backstroke; 6th in 25 meter freestyle
  • Thomas Belmont:  (22-29 age group) gold in the 25 meter backstroke; bronze in the 25 meter freestyle
  • Angela Caputo:  (22-29 age group) silver in the 25 meter freestyle; 5th in the 25 meter backstroke
  • Daniel Hull:  (8-15 year age group) bronze in the 25 meter backstroke; 4th in the 25 meter freestyle

Based in Hamden, Special Olympics Connecticut provides year-round sports training and competitions for more than 13,000 athletes (individuals with intellectual disabilities) and Unified Partners (individuals without intellectual disabilities who are the athletes’ teammates).

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