Special Olympians head to state Summer Games

Posted: Monday, June 14, 2004

Athletes from 10 Alaska communities - including Juneau - gathered in Anchorage last weekend for the 35th annual Special Olympics Alaska Summer Games.

The Games, held Friday through Sunday, featured events in track and field, gymnastics, aquatics, powerlifting and basketball.

According to the event program, Juneau's delegation included 29 athletes, seven coaches and four unified partners. Unified Sports is a program that combines athletes with and without mental disabilities; this year's Games included unified basketball, aquatics and track and field events.

Athletes in the Juneau delegation were Carl Behnert, Rachelle Flansaas, Mike Godkin, Kelly Haynie, Luis Hernandez, Evanne Menefee, Sara Muehlberg, Edward Parish, Melvin Starr, Christopher-Jordan Umbs, Lauro Untalasco, Michelle Boster, Rachel Dutton, Robert Frick, Gina Frickey, Jessie Gilbert, Niall Johnson, Jim Merculief, Sabrina Richmond, Joanne Samm, Andrea Short, Whitney Davis, Michael Fronimos, Leroy George, Mirov Menefee, Nathan Walsh, Karen Willey, Ann Fitzjarrald and Jake Mallinger.

Juneau coaches were Bill Burk, Brenda Flansaas, Diana Higgs, Mike Higgs, Lee Lewis, Ron Mathews and Matthew Wood. Unified partners were Ryan Larson, Scott Larson, Zach Mathews and Alex Robinson. Deb Gazaway was the head of the delegation.

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