Longtime Athlete John Canning Shines at Special Olympics Winter Games

Branford’s beloved resident and local icon shares his good news about the Connecticut Special Olympics Winter Games held this weekend.

John Canning as been a Connecticut Special Olympics athlete for more than two decades and participates in the winter and summer games as well as unified softball. This past weekend at the Connecticut Special Olympics Winter Games, Canning earned three medals – two bronze and one silver – in cross country skiing events held at the CL&P Service Center in Simsbury. You can read more about the games . Here’s what he had to say:

Q: How were the games?
I had a good time. I had a ball and the food was pretty good.

Q: What do you like best about the winter games?
A: Racing. I like competing.

Q: What goes through your head when you are on the start line at a cross-country ski race?
A: Blow they away! Smoke ‘em.

Q: What do you tell opponents before the race begins?
A: Good luck!

Q: Are you looking forward to practice for the summer games?
A: Yeah. We’re ready to go.

Q: What’s your favorite Special Olympics sport?
A: Softball. Go Yankees!

If you are interested in volunteering with Special Olympics, please visit this website.

Know a local athlete who competed in the games? Congratulate him or her in the comments or add a photo/video with their accomplishment in the caption!

Janis D'Andrea March 09, 2011 at 12:17 PM
Congrats John! I am looking forward to seeing you in the spring for summer games practice.
Victor Amatori March 09, 2011 at 03:15 PM
Congrats John!!! You are the best. Keep up the great work. See you at the Branford High School baseball games. We are fortunate to have such a wonderful person like yourself representing our town.


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