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Athlete of the Month - April


Jennifer Utendale





Special Olympics BC Local:

Surrey

Hometown:

White Rock

When and how did you get involved with Special Olympics?

I first got involved with Special Olympics when I was figure skating with the North Surrey Skating Club about 13 years ago.

What Special Olympics sports do you participate in?

I do figure skating, track and field, I swim, I play golf, and I do rhythmic gymnastics, all with Special Olympics!

What do you like most about figure skating?

I love to figure skate because it is fun to spin and do spirals and learn to do some jumps and fancy turns.

Please tell us a little bit more about yourself! What else would you like people to know about you?

I work at White Spot and I volunteer at our local elementary school. I take lessons and play the piano. I am part of the Self-Advocates of Semiahmoo (SAS) group as well as their Toastmasters International group. I have been taking a number of virtual classes through Semiahmoo House, including tai chi, dance fitness, and music sessions. I like to travel and my best trip so far was to Mexico with the Semiahmoo House Society's Rec and Leisure program.

What is one word you would use to describe yourself?

Busy!






Special Olympics Logo The organization provides a variety of sports and youth programs, giving athletes the chance to gain sport skills and improve their health while enjoying training that could take them to competitions at local, regional, national and international levels. But the benefits from Special Olympics BC programs go well beyond the basics: athletes experience joy and acceptance, cultivate friendships and self-confidence, and feel empowered to overcome obstacles and achieve their goals.

As well, a network of thousands of coaches and fans share a unique experience and sense of community in supporting, cheering on and learning from the athletes they work with.