Katie Little – Gold Medalist, Snowshoeing – Special Olympics National Winter Games, St. Albert, Alberta

For SOBC – Burnaby snowshoeing athlete Katie Little, the third day of competition at the 2012 Special Olympics Canada Winter Games started like this: coach Maureen came in to get her moving for the day, and Katie opened her eyes and said, “I won a gold medal!” Then she kissed the gold medal she captured in Thursday’s 100m race, the first medal she had ever earned at a National Games. Katie captured this gold medal in a really tight race with family members on hand cheering her across the line.

The rest of the day brought another medal – silver this time – for Katie in the 400m race. On the final day of competition, Katie won two more medals, another silver in the 200m and then charged to the finish line running the anchor leg of an exciting 4 x 100m relay to complete her set of medals with a bronze. Hard work, dedication, and terrific encouragement from the BC Coaching Staff, resulted in Katie’s outstanding medal performances in all four of her events.

Katie thoroughly enjoyed her experience at the Canadian Special Olympics Winter Games held in St. Albert, Alberta. Besides winning medals, some of her favourite things about participating in the Games was meeting new friends from across Canada and socializing with her teammates at the dance following the Closing Ceremonies. Her future goals include training to qualify for Provincial Games in Track and Field.