Whitney Reidlinger, the occupational therapist at the Springs School, reported Tuesday that the spring Special Olympics Games at Southampton High School this past Sunday had gone well.
Among the medal winners were the following East Hamptoners: Ramon Card and Joshua Guaman, who won golds in the javelin and softball throws, and Cormac Orr, who won a gold in the softball throw and a silver in the javelin.
The following were medal winners from Springs: Paula Retana, gold in the 12-to-15-year-old 50-meter dash and silver in the softball throw; Robert Matz, silver in the 12-to-15’s 50-meter dash and bronze in the softball throw; Isaiah Brodie, silver in the 12-to-15’s 50-meter dash and bronze in the javelin throw, and Liam Baum, silver in the 8-to-11 softball throw and bronze in the javelin.
Reidlinger said there were 336 athletes — about 90 were first-timers — at the Games this year, “from all over Long Island, including Babylon, Bellport, Hampton Bays, Longwood, Montauk, East Hampton, and Southampton. It was the first time that Hampton Bays and Longwood entered teams.”
The events, besides the aforementioned, included 100, 200, 400, and 1,500-meter races, a 4-by-100 relay, the shot-put, a standing long jump, a running long jump, and a tennis tournament.
“Southampton did an excellent job in hosting the event. They’ll do it again next year,” she said.
The Special Olympics’ bowling tournament was held on April 5 at the Patchogue lanes, Reidlinger said, and will be held there next year as well.
East Hampton High School softball players oversaw the softball throw, and the Hampton Bays football team “ran all the track events.”