SONJ Athlete Medal Count
March 19, 2019 – The first week has been very productive for the three athletes from SONJ representing Special Olympics USA in Abu Dhabi. Our athletes will be bringing home some hardware after very successful competitions: Jane Clark brought home Silver as part of Team Bowling, Miranda Mendoza won Gold in Mini Javelin, and Chris Wines swam to Silver in the 800 M Freestyle. Chris also placed a very impressive 4th in Triathlon and Jane also placed 4th in Singles Bowling. Please see the links below for updated schedules/results and links to videos or photos featuring Special Olympics New Jersey athletes.
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Triathlete, Swimmer and Art Student, Chris Wines from @specialolympicsnj was invited to share his sports, art and cultural experiences with Art Students at @mawahebdubai this morning. He got to hang out and tour the gallery with 3 “makers” who helped design the @worldgamesad Opening Ceremony! . . Thank you to the @uaeembassyus for making the connection possible and to @mawahebdubai artist, Abdullah Lutfi for preparing us for the extraordinary beauty of your country and its people.
That Golden Moment:
— Special Olympics NJ (@SONewJersey) March 16, 2019
That winning feeling:
— Special Olympics USA (@specialolyUSA) March 16, 2019
Day 2 Highlights:
— Special Olympics USA (@specialolyUSA) March 17, 2019
— Special Olympics NJ (@SONewJersey) March 8, 2019
This March, more than 300 athletes, coaches and support delegates will head to Abu Dhabi and represent Special Olympics USA at the 2019 Special Olympics World Games! Among that group will be 3 athletes from New Jersey, Miranda Mendoza, Jane Clark, and Christopher Wines.
Special Olympics World Games 2019 will be hosted in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates in March 2019 for the first time in the Middle East North Africa since the movement’s founding over 50 years ago. The Crown Prince Court, led the winning bid efforts with a mission to promote positive social change for people with intellectual disabilities and create a more inclusive society.
For the 3 athletes from New Jersey, it will be the opportunity of a lifetime to represent Special Olympics USA. Back in September, our athletes got a taste of the games when Special Olympics USA held their training camp at the University of Delaware. Athletes got the chance to train and spend time with their new teammates, which is the only opportunity they will all have together prior to the games.
Athlete at USA Training camp got to have some fun participating in a Unified Carnival with University of Delaware students and even go to go to Citizens Bank Park for a Phillies game.
“I never thought that any of this could happen and it did. And I’m glad that it did because it’s made me who I am today.” – Miranda Mendoza
Athlete Miranda Mendoza from North Arlington, NJ, will compete in Athletics for Team USA. Miranda was one of our 60 athletes that represented New Jersey in Seattle for the 2018 USA Games. Miranda took home a gold, silver, and bronze medal!
Jane Clark from South Orange also represented New Jersey in Seattle at the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games. A bowler, Jane Clark took home a gold and two silvers at the games. Her bowling has progressed over the past few months and she is now practicing twice a week!
Christopher Wines, from Hammonton, New Jersey, has been competing and earning gold medals with Special Olympics for the past 7 years! A multi-sport athlete, he’s competed in swimming, floor hockey, softball, and triathlon.
Special thanks to Bimbo Bakeries, JAG ONE Physical Therapy, and NJM Insurance Group for supporting our World Games athletes.
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