Athletes from the Northern Access Special Olympics (NASO) competed at the 50th year anniversary of the Northern Access Special Olympics (NASO)hosted by Carroll College in Waukesha recently.

“All of our athletes practice one night every week leading up to the regional competition that was held at the end of May,” said coach Lou Deditz. “The athletes have to qualify to get to the State level. We are allowed to take five athletes out of those who qualified.”

Deditz said selecting the athletes was not easy.

“They all did a great job at regionals,” he said. “Paige Appling, Austin Kluever, Thomas Maney, Kayrn Sparks and Susan Ware were chosen to represent NASO this year.”

Deditz said the five teammates competed against other athletes from Wisconsin in the mini javelin, shot put, softball throw, standing long jump, 50-meter running, as well as the non-motorized wheelchair slalom and 100-meter wheelchair race.

“We are very happy to announce all of our winners in these different track and field sports,” said Deditz.

Appling finished first in the 50-meter run and also first in the shot put. Kluever finished second in the 100-meter wheelchair race and first in the non-motorized wheelchair slalom event.

Sparks was third overall in the 50-meter run, fifth in the softball throw and fourth in the standing long jump. Ware was third in the 50-meter run, seventh in the softball throw and third in the standing long jump.

Rounding out the competitors was Maney who was first in the 50-meter run and second in the mini-javelin.

“As coaches and volunteers, as well as the many other athletes, fans, friends and family, we would like to congratulate them all on a job well done and bringing back many medals to the North Woods,” said Deditz. “We can’t thank our North Woods family enough for your support throughout the years to make this program successful.”

Deditz added that the NASO group is always looking for more Special Olympic athletes and volunteers to join this amazing group of kids, young adults and adults.

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