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SEASPAR athletes earn medals in Special Olympics Winter Games

SEASPAR participant William Porch of Westmont earns a gold medal in the snowshoeing 800M event and a silver medal in the 1600M event at the 2018 Special Olympics Illinois Winter Games.
SEASPAR participant William Porch of Westmont earns a gold medal in the snowshoeing 800M event and a silver medal in the 1600M event at the 2018 Special Olympics Illinois Winter Games.

Athletes trained by the South East Association for Special Parks and Recreation earned medals at the Special Olympics Illinois Winter Games from Feb. 6 through 8 in Galena, according to a SEASPAR news release.

The Winter Games are one of nine state sports competitions, and the final state competition for snowshoeing and alpine skiing events. More than 450 athletes competed at the event at Chestnut Mountain Resort, including three from SEASPAR’s Special Olympics program, the release stated.

William Porch of Westmont earned a gold medal in the snowshoeing 800M event and a silver medal in the 1600M event. Porch transitioned to snowshoeing when Special Olympics discontinued cross country skiing, the sport in which he earned gold medals at Winter Games each year from 2013 through 2017, according to the release.

Michael Drabik of Woodridge also competed in snowshoeing and took bronze in the 200M event. This was Drabik’s second trip to the Winter Games, having earned a gold medal in cross country skiing in 2017. Like Porch, Drabik has successfully transitioned to his new sport of snowshoeing, the release stated.

Michael Duffy of Westmont earned a bronze medal in the alpine skiing super G (downhill) event and took fourth place in the giant slalom event. Duffy has medaled in the super G event the last three years, earning gold in 2017, according to the release.

For more information about SEASPAR’s Special Olympics program or other recreational programs and services for individuals with disabilities, visit SEASPAR.org or call 630-960-7600.

SEASPAR provides recreation programs and quality services for individuals with disabilities served by the park districts of Clarendon Hills, Darien, Downers Grove, La Grange, La Grange Park, Lemont, Lisle, Westmont and Woodridge and the villages of Brookfield, Indian Head Park and Western Springs.

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