The West Licking Warriors Special Olympics team returned to the summer games for the first time since 2019. In 2021, the COVID-19 pandemic forced a "reimagining" of the annual games with limited competitions but 2022 marked a return to more normal games.
More than 40 athletes were at Ohio State University June 24-26 for competitions in track and field, tennis, and bocce, with many athletes earning gold, silver or bronze in at least one event. Many athletes brought home multiple medals.
Members of the West Licking team participated in tennis singles, bocce doubles, 50 and 100M dashes, 100M walk, 200M runs, standing long jump, running long jump and 4x100 relay teams. The women's track relay team and one of the men's track relay teams took gold, while a second men's track relay team took silver.
In addition to the athletes' competitions, team members attended a variety of special events that included meals, dances, athlete village and a movie.
The West Licking Warriors are always looking for more athletes ages 8 and older to participate as well as more volunteer coaches and assistants. This fall marks the 20th year for the local organization, which serves people with special needs in the western part of Licking County.
For more information about the organization and to view additional photos from the summer games, visit https://www.facebook.com/West-Licking-Warriors-SO-102596325805991.
This article originally appeared on Newark Advocate: West Licking Special Olympics athletes compete at summer games