Olympians trounce cops


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May 3, 2016 6:00 AM

Lloydminster Special Olympian Kenneth Broadbelt scores a goal on Const. Grant Kirzinger in the Special Olympics Lloydminster year end match against the local RCMP, which took place at Southridge Community Church on Saturday.

Special Olympics Lloydminster had its year end celebration on the weekend, with a main event in the form of a floor hockey match that saw the Olympians go toe-to-toe with the local RCMP.
Most of the game was tight as it was still tied at the break, but the Special Olympians dominated the second half with the final score coming in at 16 -7 for the group.
The game was less about bragging rights and more about having a good time, however, a Olympian Ashley Wyse explained the event and what it was really about.
“We’re playing against the police department for Special Olympics,” she said, then added.
“(It’s) just having fun with friends and hanging out.”
The year end match was set up when president of Special Olympics Lloydminster Carmen Patry approached Const. Grant Kirzinger to see if he could get a team together.
Most years would see the Olympians down at the local bowling alley, but since the alley is no more, the group had to find a new activity.
Organizers decided to rent the floor at the Southridge Community Church last Saturday for the hockey match, and after a few boos from some of the bowling diehards among the Olympians, everyone got on board for the new event.
For his part Kirzinger was more than happy to rally a team together and surprised the Olympians with a match against the Mounties.
“The relationship between the RCMP and Special Olympics is something that goes far beyond Lloydminster and is something that we’re very proud of and something we’re more than happy to be part of,” Kirzinger said,
“It’s just a privilege that we’re able to get out and just have fun and show the community that we like to be involved in these types of activities.”
Kirzinger took a position in front of the net and partially blames his sub-par goalie skills for the resulting score.
He said his save percentage for the day was pretty low, having had a few mishandles, but on the whole everyone enjoyed themselves.
After the match the Special Olympics crew went to the Moose Hall to let loose with a dinner and dance, with music provided by First Class Entertainment.
“We’d like to give a thank you from Special O to RCMP and First Class Entertainment for volunteering their time,” said Patry.

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