Wilton Y Special Olympians Earn Medals At Regional Games

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Coaches and members of the Wilton Y Special Olympics team celebrate their accomplishments at a team dinner. See photo for IDs.
Coaches and members of the Wilton Y Special Olympics team celebrate their accomplishments at a team dinner. See photo for IDs. Photo Credit: Contributed

WILTON, Conn. —  Members of the Wilton Y Special Olympics team traveled to Weston High School this past Saturday to compete in the Regional Games.

Team member Ali Gance won a gold in both the running long jump and mini-javelin events. Kate Ukropina won a silver medal in the softball throw, placed fifth in the 100-meter dash and won a bronze medal in the 100-meter fast walk. 

Matt Mancusi placed seventh in the 100-meter dash and won a silver medal in the softball throw. Team member Michael Streinger also competed in Saturday’s games.

The Y Special Olympics team will next head to the State Games, scheduled for June 7 to 9 at Southern Connecticut State University.

Coaches have been working with the athletes in track and field events, gymnastics and swimming, said Christina Foley, coordinator of the Y Special Needs program.

Members of the Y’s Special Olympics gymnastics team will also compete in the State Games. They include Anna Carta, Ali Gance, Stephanie Pokora, Maddie Hess and Kate Ukropina.

The Y is exploring whether to expand its Special Olympics program offerings to include additional sports such as skiing and basketball. 

For more information on the Special Olympics program at the Y, contact Christina Foley at cfoley@wiltonymca.org or 762-8384, Ext. 207.

Photo identification: From left are Wilton Y Coach Mary Ann Genuario; Special Olympians Michael Streinger and Matt Mancusi; Y Coach Dan Galanto; Special Olympians Ali Gance and Kate Ukropina; Y Special Needs Coordinator Chris Foley; Special Olympian Maddie Hess, team supporter Teddie Hess; and Special Olympians Anna Carta and Stephanie Pokora.

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