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

Doucette recalls winning four gold medals

Jason Simmonds newsroom@journalpioneer.com
Published on July 10, 2014
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.
Photo courtesy of Special Olympics P.E.I.

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

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!”

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.