PHOTO CONTRIBUTED BY ANGELA SCHEIDER
Multi-sport Special Olympics athlete Andrea Eiden received the Pride In Performance Award for Outstanding Athlete.
The Hermiston/Pendleton Local Program athlete was presented the award during the March 19 Special Olympics Regional Competition held in Tualatin. Adam Kau, director of program and coach services for Special Olympics Oregon, said Eiden has participated in the program for 15 years.
“She has overcome a lot of difficulties in life and still has a positive outlook,” Kau said. “She’s amazing.”
Eiden started with the skiing program and now participates in basketball, track & field and bowling with the Hermiston/Pendleton program. After getting the award, Eiden helped lead The H/P Shockers, a 5 vs 5 basketball team, to a gold medal in Division E. The team is coached by Mark Smalley, Kris Neustel and Cindy Middleton.
The Individual Skills Competition resulted in a gold medal for Lyall Arey, a silver medal for Misty Larsen and fourth place for Jolynn Smutz. The 3 vs 3 competition added to the medal count with the H/P Currents of Division C taking gold, the H/P Lightning earning bronze and the H/P Volts placing fourth and the Sportsmanship Award. In Division B, the H/P Thunder earned the bronze medal and Sportsmanship Award.
Special Olympics provides year-around athletic training and sports competitions for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. To participate, athletes must be age 6 or older. There is no charge for athletes to participate.
Spring and summer training for golf, bocce and athletics (track and field) are starting up. Athletes interested in participating can call Angela Scheider at 541-314-0166.