Trio of Penticton athletes win medals at Special Olympic Games

Nine medals won between three athletes at National Winter Games

Kevin Ellis

Kevin Ellis

Teneesha Coulson, Ryan Kruger and Kevin Ellis returned to Penticton with a little more than just their luggage from their debut at the 2012 National Winter Games held in St. Albert, Alta.

The trio were part of Team B.C. competing in the games taking place from Feb. 27 to March 4.

Coulson won three gold medals in the women’s intermediate slalom, Super G and giant slalom.

Kruger won silver in the men’s intermediate slalom, and bronze in both the Super G and giant slalom.

Ellis captured gold in the one-kilometre and 2.5 km cross-country skiing event and silver in the 500-m race. He was just three seconds short of getting gold.

Coulson, Kruger and Ellis were among 640 Special Olympic Athletes from Canada who competed in the seven sports (cross-country and alpine skiing, curling, floor hockey, snowshoeing, figure skating and speed skating).

Bob Hazell and Ray Huson were part of the cross country coaching team.

Special Olympics Penticton thanked all of the coaches, families, caregivers, volunteers, sponsors and other contributors who helped make the trip possible. South Korea will be hosting the Special Olympics World Winter Games in 2013 and it is possible that one or more of these athletes will participate representing Canada.