A memorable day for P.E.I. Special Olympian

Jason Simmonds
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Doucette recalls winning four gold medals

VANCOUVER – Sometimes it’s the simple things we overlook as being significant.

Kolton Doucette of Wellington poses with the four gold medals he won in powerlifting at the 2014 Special Olympics National Summer Games in Vancouver, B.C., on Wednesday.

There is no better example of that than P.E.I. Special Olympian Kolton Doucette of Wellington.

After a memorable one-day performance at the 2014 Special Olympics National Summer Games on Wednesday, Doucette was asked what was the best part of winning four gold medals in powerlifting?

“The hugs after,” answered Doucette, 24.

Doucette won gold as the top lifter in all three disciplines – bench press, squat and deadlift – and also received a gold medal as the top overall lifter in his division.

Doucette lifted a personal-best of 72 kilos in the bench press, 70.5 kilos in the squat and he had a deadlift of 90 kilos. Overall, he lifted 235.2 kilos.

“After each lift I celebrated,” said Doucette. “After my bench press, I gave the crowd a gun show!”

"After each lift I celebrated. After my bench press, I gave the crowd a gun show!” Kolton Doucette

Although this is Doucette’s first time competing in a Special Olympics Canada National Games, he took high expectations with him to Vancouver, B.C.

“I wanted gold medals,” said Doucette, who added he hopes this is only the beginning of a successful run representing P.E.I. on the national stage.

Doucette, now in his sixth year with Special Olympics P.E.I., trains with the Bulldog Powerlifting Club at the Summerside Boys and Girls Club under Matt Pauptit.

 

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Organizations: Special Olympics Canada National Games, Bulldog Powerlifting Club, Summerside Boys and Girls Club

Geographic location: Vancouver, B.C.

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  • Darlene Doucette
    July 11, 2014 - 16:29

    My Son Kolton is Amazing and continues to Surprise his Dad Jason and I with all his accomplishments. He wakes up with a smile and goes to sleep with a smile, and touches the hearts of anyone and everyone he meets. The publicity is a little overwhelming but we love it and he deserves it with all his hard work. We are so very proud of Kolton along with his brother Karter, and Sisters Katrina, Kelsey, Kendra, and Keisha. We love Kolton so much and are Blessed to have him as part of out family. And a huge thank you to all of our supporters. Thanks Again

  • joey arsenault
    July 11, 2014 - 01:44

    He is a very special athlete indeed with a love for life..and doesn't forget the little things in life also .........love you very much Kolton