H-SANTA MARIA

Apr 13, 2013 6:38 PM by Lindsay MacLeod, KSBY News

Special Olympics athletes come together for annual "Harry Wood" area games

Special Olympics athletes from around the Central Coast came together Saturday.

It was the annual "Harry Wood" area games, track and field and aquatics competition in Santa Maria.

The event was put on by Special Olympics of Northern Santa Barbara County.

It's the county's largest Special Olympics competition with over 130 athletes competing in the event.

"It's a lot of fun practicing for these games, and I'm excited to be here. My whole family is going to be here, and it's a lot of fun," said Christopher McClung, one of the athletes.

Another athlete, Joseph Womack, was pleasantly surprised when event organizers chose him to do the torch run.

"It was so awesome. Everybody was cheering for me, clapping, and taking pictures, and I had a smile on my face," said Womack.

The day followed the format of traditional Olympic games with a Parade of Athletes, Opening Ceremonies, a Torch Lighting, Olympic games, and Closing Ceremonies.

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