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Hunter captures gold, silver at national Special Olympics


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VANCOUVER – Lower Harmony’s Matthew Hunter continued his spectacular Special Olympics career on Wednesday, capturing gold and silver medals at the 2014 Special Olympics Canada Summer Games.

Hunter took home top spot in the men’s 200-metre individual medley, in the top division, with a time of 3:28.33, almost three seconds faster than the nearest competitor.

In the 200-metre butterfly, Hunter emerged from the pool second best, with a time of 3:13.67.

The medals are another notch on Hunter’s championship belt, as he has participated in events everywhere from Truro to Athens. In 2012, he represented Canada at the Down Syndrome Swimming World Championships, helping the relay team to a bronze medal. For his efforts, Hunter was awarded by being the first Special Olympian named Male Athlete of the Year by the Truro Sport Heritage Society.

Hunter’s medals were two of eight Nova Scotia picked up in the pool on Wednesday.

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