Elburn resident to compete in 2014 Special Olympics

Published: Friday, Dec. 6, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

An Elburn resident has been chosen to compete in the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games in New Jersey.

Janna Blowers of Elburn, who trains with the Fox Valley Special Recreation Association, is one of four Illinois residents who will participate in the gymnastics portion of the Special Olympics, set for June 14 through 21, according to a news release from Special Olympics Illinois.

Dozens of other Illinois athletes are slated to compete in Princeton, N.J., this summer in areas such as aquatics, track and field, bocce, bowling, golf, powerlifting, soccer and volleyball.

This year, 54 Special Olympians are scheduled to compete among 3,500 athletes in the Special Olympics USA Games. Six “unified partners,” or athletes without disabilities, from Illinois will compete against other unified teams, and 18 coaches will help make up Team Illinois, states the release.

“These athletes will represent Illinois proudly at the 2014 USA Games, which promise to be the largest and most innovative national games in the history of Special Olympics in the United States,” said Dave Breen, president and CEO of Special Olympics Illinois, in a news release.

Tens of thousands of spectators are expected to watch the Special Olympics games this summer, which will be at Princeton University, Rider University, The College of New Jersey, Mercer County Park and other private schools.

Other area Illinoisans slated to participate in the 2014 Special Olympics include Assistant Coach Amy Longmore of Elgin, who will be an assistant volleyball coach, and Mike Younie of Aurora, who will be a powerlifting coach.

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