Hawaii athletes compete at Special Olympics 2014 USA Games

Reyse Sakima of Honolulu competed in a preliminary heat for the 1500-meter run. (Photo: Special Olympics Hawaii)
Reyse Sakima of Honolulu competed in a preliminary heat for the 1500-meter run. (Photo: Special Olympics Hawaii)

Twelve Special Olympics athletes from Hawaii are in New Jersey to compete in the Special Olympics 2014 USA National Games.

The eight-day event runs from June 14-21 and brings together more than 3,500 Special Olympics athletes from around the country competing in 16 sports.

“Many of our athletes have trained and competed with Special Olympics Hawaii for more than a decade, and one of the amazing opportunities which our organization is able to provide is the once in a lifetime opportunity not just to represent their community, but our state at a national level,” said Nancy Bottelo, Special Olympics Hawai’i president and CEO.

All photos are provided by Special Olympics Hawaii.

Swimming

Four Hawaii athletes competed in preliminary heats on Monday, June 16, at Princeton University’s DeNunzio Pool.

Michelle Shanahan (Shelly) of Honolulu competed in the 25-yard back stroke:

Nikilani Rojas of Makawao, Maui, competed in the 50-yard breast stroke:

Fae Torres of Kahului, Maui, competed in the 200-yard freestyle:

Nicole Inouye of Kaneohe competed in the 200-yard freestyle:

Track and Field

Kalani Gonsalves of Hilo competed in a preliminary heat for the 400-meter run:

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