Abbotsford athletes, coaches going to 2015 Special Olympics

Three local athletes and two coaches will be heading to Los Angeles, California for the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games.

Abbotsford is sending three athletes and two coaches to the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Los Angeles

Abbotsford is sending three athletes and two coaches to the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Los Angeles, California, July 25 to Aug. 2.

Mike Palitti will be competing in track and field, Chris Hamilton in soccer and Austin Johnston in bowling.

As well, coaches Tom Norton and Vince Astoria will be helping to coach track and field and socccer, respectively.

Special Olympics Team Canada is in the final stage of preparation for the Games.

Comprised of 164 members, including 57 athletes and 18 volunteer coaches and mission staff from B.C., Team Canada is set to showcase their skills on the world stage. The Games will be the largest sports and humanitarian event anywhere in the world in 2015 and will host roughly 7,000 athletes from countries all over the world.

The Vancouver Team Canada send-off celebration will take place on July 20 at the Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel.

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