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Team P.E.I. ready for Special Olympics Canada Winter Games


CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. —

Jerred Affleck is excited to reconnect with old buddies, create new friendships and compete against his peers from across the country.

The York resident is one of 38 athletes from across the province who will be participating at the Special Olympics Canada Winter Games this week in Thunder Bay, Ont.

“It’s an honour to represent P.E.I.,” said Affleck, a member of the Island’s floor hockey team. “We’re going to show what P.E.I. can do.”

York’s Jerred Affleck, left, will play floor hockey and Charlottetown’s Shane MacPhee will compete in curling at the Special Olympics Canada Winter Games in Thunder Bay, Ont., this week. The duo is also well-known for helping out with the UPEI Panthers men’s hockey team.
York’s Jerred Affleck, left, will play floor hockey and Charlottetown’s Shane MacPhee will compete in curling at the Special Olympics Canada Winter Games in Thunder Bay, Ont., this week. The duo is also well-known for helping out with the UPEI Panthers men’s hockey team.

Prince Edward Island will also compete in bowling, cross-country skiing, curling, figure skating, snowshoeing and speed skating.

Affleck has been involved in Special Olympics for 22 years and this will be his 12th national Winter Games.

Erin Pippy has been involved with Special Olympics for 13 years and will be attending her first nationals.

Erin Pippy, right, is attending her first Special Olympics Canada Winter Games while coach Dave Morrow has attended four.
Erin Pippy, right, is attending her first Special Olympics Canada Winter Games while coach Dave Morrow has attended four.

“I am kind of happy to be going but I am a little nervous,” said the 41-year-old Charlottetown resident, who is a part of the bowling team.

Pippy is looking forward to meeting new people, attending Tuesday’s opening ceremonies and cheering on her teammates.

She found out she would be attending nationals on June 5 and said a lot of work goes into preparing for these Games.

“I bowl two days a week and then there’s fitness on Thursdays and Saturdays, so it’s been a tight schedule,” she said.

Dave Morrow coaches the bowling team and has been involved with the organization for 18 years.

“I like seeing my bowlers improve,” he said. “I like the friendships that they make at the lanes and they help each other out. That's a big part of bowling.”

He has been to nationals in Quebec City, Que.; Brandon, Man.; London, Ont., and in P.E.I.

“The nationals are the best of the best across Canada and we have some wonderful athletes across Canada,” Morrow said. “Prince Edward Island is very well represented. ... We have some great athletes going to Thunder Bay to show what they can do.”

Jeremy Wall, a Summerside resident who plays on the floor hockey team, is attending his sixth nationals.

“Hopefully we can bring home a medal,” said the Toronto Maple Leafs fan who was a part of the gold medal-winning team at the 2016 nationals in Corner Brook, N.L. “It will take lots of hard work, great goaltending and hopefully I can put the puck in the net a few times.”

Athletes began arriving at the Charlottetown Airport around 3 a.m. Sunday. They flew to Toronto first before flying to Thunder Bay.

“(There) maybe a few little sleepy eyes, but you can feel the energy in the room,” Morrow said. “We’re excited to go and we’re ready to go.”


Team P.E.I.

A look at Team P.E.I. for the Special Olympics Canada Winter Games in Thunder Bay, Ont., from Tuesday to Saturday.

Five-pin bowling

Eric Smith, Charlottetown

Erin Pippy, Charlottetown

Glendon Arsenault, Summerside

Heidi Mallett, Alberton

Jamie Trowsdale, Charlottetown

Jennifer MacGuigan, Charlottetown

Jonathan Watts, York

Joni Miner, Summerside

Rolanda Bridges, Charlottetown

Wilbert Murray, Charlottetown

Coaches

Dave Morrow, Covehead

Fran Gillis, Summerside

Cross-country skiing

Ellen MacNearney, Montague

Tommy Ling, Charlottetown

Coach

Kathleen MacNearney, Montague

Summerside’s Jeremy Wall is looking forward to competing in floor hockey at the Special Olympics Canada Winter Games in Thunder Bay, Ont., this week.
Summerside’s Jeremy Wall is looking forward to competing in floor hockey at the Special Olympics Canada Winter Games in Thunder Bay, Ont., this week.

Curling

Christopher MacPherson, Charlottetown

Monique Gauthier, Charlottetown

Rachael Loggie, Charlottetown

Shane MacPhee, Charlottetown

Shelby McInnis, Souris

Coaches

Gie Rogers, Charlottetown

Nancy MacPhee, Charlottetown

Figure skating

Alyssa Chapman, Murray Harbour

Coach

Jessica Godfrey, Cornwall

Floor hockey

Billy Acorn, Brackley

Brian McNab, Charlottetown

Evan Costain, Summerside

Geoffery Bridges, Charlottetown

Jennifer Hickox, Charlottetown

Jeremy Cheverie, Cornwall

Jeremy Wall, Summerside

Jerred Affleck, York

John Anthony Laybolt, Johnstons River

Keegan Waite, Summerside

Lisa Bernard, Stratford

Micheal MacIsaac, Charlottetown

Nathan Irwin, Summerside

Shawn Mitchell, Charlottetown

Tommy MacGuigan, Charlottetown

Travis Perry, Miscouche

Coaches

CY Holland, Stratford

Peter Howatt, Charlottetown

Rickey Burns, Charlottetown

Mission staff

Jamie Henry, Cornwall

Snowshoeing

Cameron Gordon, Charlottetown

Christie-Joe (C.J.) Synder-Couchman, Tignish

Coach

Michele Chapman, Murray Harbour

Speedskating

Jordan Koughan, Johnstons River

Logan Robbins, Charlottetown

Coach

Kristen MacDonald, Cornwall

Mission staff

Chef de mission – Matthew McNally, Mount Stewart

Manager – Genna Phelan, Charlottetown

Staff members

Craig Watson, Hunter River

Jamie Matheson, Montague

Jodi Harper, Harrington

Judy Gallant, Charlottetown

Lynda Hontscharowicz, Charlottetown


By the numbers

Some numbers for the Special Olympics Canada Winter Games 2020 in Thunder Bay, Ont.

1,200 – Athletes, coaches, managers and mission staff involved.

60 – Technical officials.

500 – Volunteers.

800 – Friends and family attending.

50 – Special Olympics Canada family and sponsors.

8 – Sports (alpine skiing, five-pin bowling, cross-country skiing, curling, figure skating, floor hockey, snowshoeing and speed skating).

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