Special Olympics champion finds passion in swimming

Special Olympics champion finds passion in swimming


She has won COUNTLESS METALS year after year at the Special Olympics’ Summer Games. And today Reene Manfried was back in the pool at UH Ma-noa to add more to her collection. KITV 4’s Ashley Moser shows us how she’s prepared for the competition. NAT 8:57 LIKE A FISH IN WATER — 29 YEAR OLD RENEE MANFRIED IS A NATURAL. RENEE 3:00 “ONCE YOU GET IN YOU YOU KNOW YOU GOT TO WORK YOU CAN’T PLAY. 3:05 IT’S HER SEVENTH YEAR COMPETING IN THE SPECIAL OLYMPICS SUMMER GAMES. SHE’S BEEN PRACTICING ONCE A WEEK FOR A YEAR TO COMPETE IN 5 EVENTS. SHE SAYS THE OPPORTUNITY GIVES HER A CHANCE TO BE PART OF A TEAM. SOMETHING SHE’S WANTED ALL HER LIFE. Renee 00:57 “IT’S REALLY GOOD GREAT TO FINALLY BELONG YOU KNOW YOU’VE BEEN AN OUTCAST LIKE ME YOU KNOW IT’S PRETTY LONELY BUT WHEN YOU’RE WITH THEM IT’S A WHOLE OTHER WORLD.” 1:07 Her father Mark is her biggest fan. He encouraged her to join in her early 20s. Although she’s been successful — he says the road wasn’t always easy. Mark 5:40 “IT’S BEEN YOU KNOW A CHALLENGE BUT ONE OF THOSE THINGS THAT YOU GO THROUGH YOU PRAY ABOUT IT AND LOOK FOR THE LORD JESUS CHRIST TO HELP PULL YOU THROUGH ANY DOES AND SO HERE WE ARE TODAY!” 5:50 NAT More than 12 hundred athletes and coaches from around the state participate in the Olympic-style competition. Its goal: to celebrate sportsmanship and acceptance. Mark 3:51 “WE ALL CAN REALLY LEARN SOMETHING FROM THESE GUYS THE DEGREE OF SPORTSMANSHIP IS UNSURPASSED THEY’RE JUST REALLY AWESOME TO WORK WITH AND TO PLAY WITH.” 3:59 NAT CHEERING NO MATTER WHAT THE OUTCOME — WIN OR LOOSE — RENEE SAYS GIVING IT HER ALL IS WHAT TRULY COUNTS. RENEE 3:14 “IT’S WORTH IT. THIS IS ALL WORTH IT GOD HAS JUST OPENED THE STORE AND I SAID WE SAID OKAY.” 3:20 ASHLEY MOSER — KITV 4 NEWS. The games end tomorrow — the Closing Ceremony takes place at 1:00 p-m at Ching Field.

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