Nanaimo Special Olympics athlete brings home hardware

By Spencer Sterritt
March 27, 2017 - 2:30pm Updated: March 27, 2017 - 8:47pm

Dennis Lynch sitting triumphantly at his sister's house with his silver medal from the 2017 Special Olympics. Spencer Sterritt/NanaimoNewsNOW

Lynch returning to Nanaimo with his medals and ribbons. Special Olympics BC-Nanaimo/Facebook

NANAIMO — Nanaimo Special Olympics athlete Dennis Lynch is still winning medals at the age of 51.

He returned to Nanaimo Sunday, March 26 from the 2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games in Austria with a silver medal in the 1K cross country skiing relay event.

Lynch said he was “a little bit nervous” going into the race and was happy and proud when he crossed the finish line second.

He also came fourth in the cross country 1K race freestyle and 2.5K race classical.

This was Lynch's first time on the Special Olympics' international stage. He's been involved at their regional and national events since 1987.

His sister Pat Garside said Lynch signs up for every sport he can and plays softball and bowling among others in the summer.

Sitting in Garside's living room on Sunday, he spoke primarily about experiencing Austria and the number of people from different countries he saw. Lynch called it an “amazing” experience.

The Special Olympics are held every two years.

Next up for Dennis and Canadian athletes is the 2018 Summer Games in Antigonish, Nova Scotia, where he'll hopefully compete at bowling.

Until then he'll train, continue to play as many sports as he can and return to his newspaper route after his two-week vacation.

 

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