Friday, October 5, 2007

Hartman takes fourth

Swimmer Jeremy Hartman, Wasilla, is the first Alaskan to receive an award in the 2007 Special Olympics World Summer Games. Hartman placed fourth in the 50 meter freestyle race with a time of 59:54. Alaska Speaker of the House John Harris presented Jeremy his award at the ceremony. Harris is a board member of Special Olympics Alaska.

Hartman will continue to compete, entering the 25 meter back stroke and the 4x25 meter relay. Hartman and fellow Team USA swimmer Melanie Flowers are from the Mat-Su Valley. Flowers will compete beginning Sunday.

Four Alaska athletes and one coach are participating in the World Games. Competition began October 3 and runs until October 11.

Special Olympics Alaska is an accredited program of Special Olympics Inc., a global organization that has provided sports training and competition to people with intellectual disabilities since 1968. In Alaska, Special Olympics serves more than 1,500 athletes in 18 communities statewide through local community training programs.

For more information about Special Olympics programs and volunteer opportunities, call SO-AK at (907) 250-9535.
Photos by Scott Minor.

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