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Video: South Okanagan athletes compete at 2018 Canada Special Olympics Games

Penticton Western News - 8/4/2018

For Amanda Schleppe Special Olympics is really the game of life — the medals are just a bonus.

The 27-year-old, Okanagan Falls woman is one of four local swimmers who are part of the 240-member Team B.C. currently in Antigonish, N.S. for the 2018 Special Olympics Canada Summer Games.

"It has changed my life a lot," said Schleppe, who's been swimming competitively for six years and qualified for the 2015 Worlds in Los Angeles, Calif. "Because before when I never had anything, I would never be out of the house. Since I started, it's been an incredible ride for me, fantastic, one of a kind, it's awesome.

"It's very cool to be picked to be going to the nationals. I find when you get picked, you learn new stuff and you get to compete with people you've never met You get to meet new friends and see new cultures."