by KORIE MARSHALL
Though officially representing Quesnel, Danny Dodgson did his former hometown of Valemount proud last week at the Special Olympics Canada Winter Games in Corner Brook, bringing two medals back to BC.
Last year, Dodgson competed in Sun Peaks, winning three snowshoe races at the BC Winter Games, helping to gain himself a spot on Team BC this year. Over 100 athletes plus their coaches traveled from BC to Newfoundland and Labrador last week to take part in the first Special Olympics Canada Winter Games to be held in the province. Competitions ran from March 2nd to March 5th, and snowshoeing organizers struggled with a lack of snow on the track, but more than 80 volunteers arrived with shovels to move snow onto the track, according to updates from the Special Olympics website.
Dodgson was one of 14 competitors from BC in the snowshoeing races, winning second in the 200-meter race and third in the 100-meter race, helping bring BC’s medals in snowshoeing to 18. Team BC brought home a grand total of 120 medals. Growing up in Valemount, Dodgson was known for playing softball, but took up snowshoeing after moving to Quesnel a few years ago. When not practicing, Dodgson works at Walmart.
Way to go Danny!