Rochester Special Olympians preparing for the big day

February 10, 2019 11:26 PM

ROCHHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) - Rochester Special Olympics contenders are polishing up their skills and they're under extra pressure this year.

The athletes participating this year will be performing before a home audience.

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In Henrietta on Sunday, competitors took to the ice in the Special Olympics Regional Competition.

This particular competition was small, only about 20 skaters.

In two weeks qualifying skaters will go to the state games, which this year will also be in Rochester.

"It feels good because I'm able to do it. Many people don't grasp what it means to do this," said Special Olympian Matthew Gabello. "I do it because I have, we have a club outfit that teaches students how to do a lot of skating, gives them what's needed with a pro and how was beneficial for people to do it."

Athletes in the local Special Olympics skating program have put in about ten weeks of practice before the regional competition.

Opening ceremonies for the state Special Olympics games will be a week from this Friday at the Riverside Convention Center.


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