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Athlete has unforgettable experience at nationals

Fresh off her bronze-medal performance in snowshoeing at the Special Olympics Canada Winter Games in Calgary, Meghan Condie is already thinking ahead to her summer sports.

Having medaled at the national level as a swimmer during the Canada Summer Games in Vancouver in 2014, Condie says the main difference between the two events is the temperature. It was cold in Calgary – so cold, her first race was postponed due to the freezing temperatures. The 100-metre race was rescheduled for the following day, and she crossed the finish line in third place, having shaved a full two seconds off her best time. “It felt great,” she says of her podium finish.

Condie says she is also proud of her results in the 200 and 400 metres, where she clocked new personal bests in both. She admits that, when not racing, she spent much of her time warming up in the chalet.

This year’s mild winter and lack of snow here didn’t help with Condie’s training. She did a lot of walking and running to prepare for the Games. When there was enough snow, she’d slip on her snowshoes. She is now setting her sights on the summer, as her training routine shifts to focus on swimming and track and field.

 

Meghan Condie returned from the Special Olympics Canada Winter Games in Calgary with a bronze medal in snowshoeing PHOTO Sarah Rennie

 

When asked about the best part of her winter Olympics experience, she mentions the opening and closing ceremonies briefly, before proudly holding up her bronze medal.

Engraved on the back are the words, “Together We Can,” and the athlete says she has her mother, Marlene Harvey, her coach Sophie Sanche of the Suroît chapter of Quebec Special Olympics, and her other coaches to thank for her success.

Condie says her next goal is to return to the nationals for swimming. “I will try my best,” she promises.

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