Athletes from Maui among members of Team Hawaii competing at the US Special Olympics

The Maui athletes are among those competing at the Special Olympics USA National Games in Orlando, Florida. There are 16 people on the Special Olympics Hawaiʻi team and five statewide Unified Partners.

These 16 athletes hail from Oʻahu, Kauaʻi, Maui and Hawaiʻi Island and were selected from 3,400 entrants statewide to compete in the eight-day competition.

Maui athletes include:

  • Taralyn Fukushima, Swimming
  • Jamey Burkett, swimming
  • James Thompson, Petanque

They join more than 3,500 Special Olympics athletes from across the country to compete in bocce ball, bowling, powerlifting and swimming, as well as youth leadership programs June 5-12, 2022 .

Today, June 9, Team Hawaiʻi, also known as Hui O Hawaiʻi, added two more medals to their medal tally, bringing the total number of medals won so far to 20 (5 golf, 9 silver and 6 bronze). day.

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Day 4 results include:

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Ho’opi’o Balaz & Jon Katsuda, Oʻahu

  • GoldUnified doubles, petanque

Tim Renken and Marcelino Galdones Oʻahu

  • SilverTraditional doubles, pétanque

James and Eric Thompson, maui

  • 4th placeUnified double petanque
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“The Special Olympics USA Games celebrates the Special Olympics movement while promoting the ideals of acceptance and inclusion through sport and showcasing the abilities of athletes with intellectual disabilities,” according to organizers.

The cost to send a Special Olympics Hawaii athlete to the US Games is over $2,500. To help offset the cost, tax-deductible donations are accepted at www.sohawaii.org.

Naomi C. Amerson