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Swimmer strikes gold


    Michaella Clark nearly leapt off the podium in London, Ontario last week, after winning a gold medal at the Canada Special Olympic Games.
    The 34-year-old Drumheller swimmer won her first national gold medal in the 25m butterfly event. That was just the tip of the iceberg.
    “It was awesome,” Clark said of the experience at her third national games. She posted a personal best to win the medal, but more importantly, she posted strong results in all of her events.
     She won silver medals in the 25m and 100m freestyle events and a bronze in the 25m backstroke. She was also part of the team relay events that also did well.
    She arrived back in Drumheller on Sunday, after an experience of a lifetime. She was thrilled to see Don Cherry at the official ceremonies raise the flag. She also met swimming legend Mark Tewksbury. 
    With her gold medal win, there is a chance she could be named to Team Canada for the World Special Olympic Games next summer in Athens, Greece. 
    While the medal puts her in the running, there is still a selection process. She has good chances as she was one of the top performing women from Alberta.
    She commented coaches said the selections could be announced as soon as next month. She says if she is selected she will work even harder to represent Team Canada.
    Clark swims with the Special Olympic Team in Red Deer as well as with the Drumheller Aquadinnies.

Registration strong for Dinosaur Half

Runners are lining up for the first Community Futures Dinosaur Valley Half Marathon, and so far, it is mostly women.
In the most recent breakdown of registrants The Mail received, it shows out of the 95 entries received by the end of June, 71 were female runners.
The Dinosaur Half goes on Sunday, September 12 and has a strong number of walkers and runners entered. While the majority of participants are coming from Calgary, the second highest number taking on the course are from Drumheller. Other participants come from all over Alberta, and few from Saskatchewan.
  On the website participants are given the choice running or walking the half marathon. As well, there will be a five kilometre walk and run event in which most people could participate. 
One of the organizers Colin Kloot says he would like to see more local participation, especially in the five kilometre race.
“The 5K is a family event, strollers are allowed,” said Kloot.
He adds there are other ways to get involved in the race rather than running. The event is in need of volunteers on the day of the race to help in all kinds of capacities.  Individuals or companies can also get involved through sponsorship for the Dinosaur Half.
For those aiming too take on the full half marathon, Kloot says it is not to late to give it a shot, although it will take some determination.
“If you start  training now, you could lumber through,” he said, adding runners can run and walk. A healthy person could walk the entire half marathon course in about four hours.
For more information on the Dinosaur half, go to There is information on registration, volunteering and sponsorship.

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