IOWA CITY — The Estherville Parks and Recreation Special Olympic athletes participated in the Mid Winter Games State Competition held at the University of Iowa on March 15, 2008.
Competing in the powerlifting event were Jesse Hatland and Alex Torres.
Hatland bench pressed 160, then 175 and finally 185 pounds for a first place gold medal.
Torres bench pressed 110, then 125 and finally 140 pounds for a third place bronze medal.
In the dead lift competition, Hatland lifted 245, then 275. and finally 290 pounds–good for a first place gold medal.
Torres lifted 225, then 255, and finally 280 pounds–good for a second place silver medal.
Powerlifting is coached by Paul Moffitt.
In the basketball skills competition, Bruce Dubberke received a gold medal in the developmental dribble division.
In the 30-50 female division, Lynda Hart received a fifth place ribbon, Duane Frick competing in the male 51 and over division, received fourth place ribbon. Their scores were determined from acquired points in the spot shot, target pass and 10 meter dribble.. Basketball skills coach is Beth Carrico.
In the cheerleader competition, Kelsey Shirk competed in the small group single dance routine division. She performed a solo dance routine to Lee Greenwood’s “God Bless America” and received a first place gold medal.
In the unified small group dance division, eight athletes performed a dance routine to “All for One” from “High School Musical 2.” They received second place silver medals. Members are April Laird, Susana Rodriguez, Torri Taylor, Krystal Tendal, Chelsey Moffitt and unified athletes participating were Angelica Rodriguez, Samantha Laird and Christina Weston.
In all cheerleading events there was a possible 320 points. Kelsey Shirk received 311 and the group of eight also received 311 points.
The athletes, coaches and chaperones enjoyed a catered banquet and dance the night before. On Saturday, they did many “village” activities such as face painting, golf putting, bingo, tattoos, nail painting and ring toss. Each athlete also had the opportunity for free health screenings on competition day.
The athletes are now practicing/training for track and field events, swimming, bocce, soccer and tennis competition.
District competition for track and field and swimming will be held April 17 at Forest City.
Athletes receiving blue ribbons at that events plus the athletes in bocce, soccer and tennis will compete at the State Summer Games, May 22-24 at Iowa State University in Ames.