Special Olympic athletes succeed

The 14 Randolph County Special Olympians who traveled to the 2013 Summer Games in Charleston earlier this month each won a medal in their respective sports.

Bocce coach and Randolph County Special Olympics Board Member David Perry said the athletes represented the county well.

“I am proud of their accomplishments,” Perry said. “Everyone won a medal, and this is the eighth straight year the bocce team players have all won a medal.”

Perry said Connie Williams won her doubles match in bocce in sudden death. David Brown was her partner for that event. Laura Jones took three gold medals, one in the 400-meter race, one in the 200-meter race and one in the 100-meter race.

During the weekend, athletes also visited the Olympic Village and attended a victory dance. In the village, they were able to make crafts, get their faces painted, have their hair styled, get their nails painted and have a dental check.

“Randolph County Special Olympics and members of the Randolph County Special Olympics Board of Directors are thankful for the support of the community and the financial support from the Randolph County Commission,” Perry said.