Red Lodge Special Olympians go to Summer State Games
By Cindy Luoma
Thursday, May 31, 2018

Courtesy photos

Montana Highway Patrol Officer presents Katherine Collins her medal.

Bryan Whitaker earns the Bronze medal in the 50m Slalom.

Tracy Wrobel, Katherine Collins and Susan Littlenest with their medals.

(Second from left) Susan Littlenest takes the Silver medal.

(Second from left) Jesse Stoecker places 2nd.

Superhero dance to celebrate the games.

The Red Lodge Special Olympians traveled to Great Falls, Montana and joined over 1,000 athletes from across the state of Montana  to compete in the State Summer Games on May 16-18. Special Olympic athletes from Red Lodge competed in golf, Bocce, wheelchair events, and track and field events. Athletes competing were Jesse Stoecker, Kelli Luoma, Lloyd Makes Coldweather, Katherine Collins, Bryan Whitaker, Susan Littlenest, and Tracy Wrobel. Following eight weeks of rigorous training, they were ready to demonstrate their skill in intense competition.

Jesse Stoecker and Kelli Luoma kicked off the competition on Wed, May 16th with the golf competition.  Jesse competed in the individual golf skills competition and won a silver medal. Kelli competed in the women’s 9-hole golf competition and earned a gold medal. The Games were officially opened on Wednesday evening at Opening Ceremonies with the parade of athletes and the lighting of the Olympic Torch.

On Thursday, Katherine Collins and Bryan Whitaker competed in the wheelchair races and slalom courses.  Katherine earned a silver medal in the 10-meter wheelchair race and Bryan won a bronze and a fourth place ribbon on the 30m and 50m slalom races for motorized wheelchairs.  Meanwhile, the rest of the team competed in Unified Bocce. Bocce is a lawn ball sport dating back to the ancient Roman Empire. Each Special Olympian had a unified partner and played two games against other unified teams from across the state.  Lloyd Makes Coldweather and Rich Luoma won a silver medal, Kelli Luoma and Alayna Smith placed fourth, Susan Littlenest and Cortney Lynde brought home the Gold medal and Tracy Wrobel and Sahara Erickson won the Silver medal.

On Friday, Special Olympic athletes braved the rainy weather and competed in the track and field event.  Jesse Stoecker, Tracy Wrobel and Susan Littlenest competed in the 50-meter walk. Tracy earned a silver medal, Susan won a Silver medal and Jesse earned a 4th place ribbon. Lloyd Makes Coldweather ran the 100m sprint and earned a 4th place ribbon.

Highlights of the State Summer Games for the athletes includes the intense competition as well as the fanfare of the Opening Ceremonies, the fun and friends at the Superhero dance and carnival, a special dine-out dinner, and the joy of making new friends.

The games are made possible through the hard work and thousands of volunteer hours from dedicated individuals from across the state and from Great Falls in particular. Red Lodge Special Olympians express their sincere appreciation and thanks to the volunteers, sponsors and donors from Red Lodge who have made this experience of year-round sports training and competition possible.

Upcoming Events

  • Monday, May 27, 2019 - 7:00am
    *American Legion Carbon County Post 17 Memorial Day schedule, May 27 7 a.m. Breakfast at Bull 'n'Bear 8:30 a.m. Memorial Service  at Belfry Cemetery 9:30 a.m. Memorial Service  at Bearcreek Cemetery 10:30 a.m. Parade through Red Lodge.  Meet at 10:15 a.m. at the corner of 14th and Broadway. Following parade there will be a lunch at the  Red Lodge Elk’s Lodge 11 a.m. Memorial Service at  Red Lodge Cemetery 1:30 p.m. Parade in Roberts  followed by Memorial  Service at Roberts Cemetery. For further information contact Kenneth Beggs, Commander Carbon County Post 17 at kenbeggs42@yahoo.com   *The Jim Bridger Post 1543 will hold Memorial Day services at 11 a.m. at the Bridger Cemetery.   *The Clarks Fork American Legion Post 71 and the Joliet VFW Post 5748 will be doing Memorial Day services Monday, May 27. Rev. Robert Reed of the Joliet Baptist  Church will be the Speaker of the day. The schedule for the day will be: 9 a.m.   Services at the Gebo  Cemetery. 9:30 a.m.   March through  Fromberg Main St. 10 a.m.  Services at Rockvale  Cemetery 11 a.m.   Services at Joliet Cemetery 11:30 a.m. March through  Joliet Main St. A potluck lunch will be held at the  Joliet Community Center following the services.  Everyone is welcome to come.   Any veterans who would like to help who haven’t been contacted can show up at the Gebo Cemetery at 8:45 a.m. Memorial Day or call Rich Pierce at 962-3320 or Jody Stene 962-3779.
  • Monday, May 27, 2019 - 7:00pm
    Joliet Group meets at the Community Center Monday at 7 p.m.
  • Tuesday, May 28, 2019 - 7:00pm
    Now Group meets at the Bridger United Methodist Church, 222 W. Broadway (west entrance of church) Tuesday at 7 p.m.
  • Thursday, May 30, 2019 - 7:00pm
    Meets every Thursday, 7 p.m. – 8 p.m. at the Red Lodge Area Community Foundation, 122 S. Hauser. It is open to all. 425- 1755.
  • Thursday, May 30, 2019 - 7:00pm
    Clarks Fork Group meets at St. Joseph’s Catholic Hall, north end of Montana Avenue, Thursday at 7 p.m.
  • Friday, May 31, 2019 - 7:00pm
    Rock Creek Group meets Tuesdays and Saturdays at 8 a.m. and Wednesdays and Fridays at 7 p.m. at Calvary Church, 9 N Villard, Red Lodge.

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