Local swimmer Gabe Mastromatteo once again proved that hard work pays off. He came home with three medals from the 2018 Canadian Swimming Championships in Montreal, and set a national record.
The hard work of the community and volunteers also paid off. Throughout the winter, over 1300 Ontarians braved the freezing waters all in support of Special Olympics Ontario.
21 plunges were held across the province raising $366,000. With these funds, over 25,000 Special Olympics athletes living in Ontario can continue to live their dream and compete in sporting programs which promote acceptance, inclusion and self-worth. Kenora saw 28 people take pledges to take the plunge and together, raised $8800.00.
The Hockey for Health 3-on-3 tournament numbers also came in. With the contribution of players, family, friends and sponsors, the tournament raised $46,873.11 for the Lake of the Woods Hospital Foundation’s CT Scanner renewal project.
Local Karate students have $1600.00 combined going towards their post-secondary education. Sixty-four karate competitors, aged 5 - 16 from across the region were at Pope John Paul II School in Kenora to compete in the 4th Annual All-Isshinryu Youth Karate Tournament where the funds were raised.
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Three medals for Mastromatteo at nationals
Over $350,000 from Polar Plunge
Hockey for Health raises over $45,000
Karate Tournament raises $1,600 for post-secondary education