ANTIGONISH, N.S. - Jennifer Hickox had plenty of support during her bocce game Thursday morning at the Special Olympics Canada 2018 Summer Games in Antigonish.
Several coaches and athletes from Team PEI watched the Charlottetown native earn a victory on St. F.X’s Memorial Field.
“I was a little nervous but my coach is always there to help out,” Hickox said.
In the true spirit of the Games, she quickly credited her opponent.
“She was a very, very good competitor,” Hickox said.
Hickox has been part of Special Olympics for 12 years.
“I love that everyone is like a family,” the 35-year-old said, shortly after the game, in talking about what she enjoys the most about her participation in the movement.
“You don’t get judged and you can do your best and they still love you for it.”
Hickox would put the likes of Deion Sanders and Bo Jackson to shame, when it comes to being a multi-sport athlete.
She not only competes in bocce, but also soccer, bowling, floor hockey and basketball.
Tommy Ling, also a bocce player, was one of the Team PEI group cheering on Hickox.
“I love the competition – it is a lot of fun,” the nine-year Special Olympics’ veteran said.
He also enjoys the friendships.
“You meet so many nice people,” Ling said.
Teammate Rick Chan agreed.
“I have made a lot of great friends,” he said.
When asked if they were enjoying their Games’ experience in Antigonish, Ling summed up with one word – “dandy.”
On the pitch
Before heading to the pitch on another part of the Antigonish university campus, some of the Team PEI soccer players also stopped to support their teammate.
“No goals, so far,” goalkeeper Geoffrey Bridges said, emphasizing defense, when asked about his team’s performance.
Logan Robbins made sure to point out he was the youngest member the Island soccer squad.
“I am only 14,” he said, with an enthusiastic smile.
The 2018 Summer Games in Antigonish will wrap up Saturday.