Annual Oxford County Special Olympics day

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PARIS – Special Olympics athletes from towns throughout Oxford County will be at the Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School’s Gouin Sports Complex in South Paris on Thursday, May 11 for the fourth annual Oxford County Regional Special Olympics Training Day.

Competitors, ranging in ages from 6 to 60, from Casco, Denmark, Hebron, Rumford, South Paris, Norway, West Paris, Harrison, Norway, Bridgton, Oxford and Fryeburg will be ready for action. More than 100 athletes, coaches and a host of volunteers will be present at the Special Olympics/Maine sanctioned event. Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. and opening ceremonies will kick off at 9.

The county-level training day allows athletes to sharpen their skills in the basic facets of Olympic Games. The competitors will demonstrate skills in running, walking and throwing challenges as well as standing and running long jumps, even bocce.

Rain date is Friday, May 12. The public is invited.

This is the fifth such event of its kind for athletes that helps prepare them for the annual State Summer Games at the University of Maine/Orono. It is the 38th year for the Orono event, scheduled in June.

For more information, contact Cara Maloney at 743-8914, ext. 7004.

To learn more at the state level, contact Special Olympics of Maine at 879-0489 or e-mail SOMEemail@aol.com.

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