The North Island Cougars prowled into Centennial Stadium at the University of Victoria June 14 for the 44th annual Operation Trackshoes Opening Ceremonies.
The team, comprised of adults with developmental disabilities from Port Hardy & Port McNeill, travelled down to Victoria with their support workers from the Community Links Program June 13 and returned June 15.
Competitors participated in recreational and competitive track and field events for the weekend and celebrated at a formal banquet for 800, followed by an evening of dancing and live music.
The North Island delegation, participating for the 12th consecutive year, included 12 competitors and six coaches who represented their North Island communities.
Lana Gavin, Community Links/Semi-independent Living Program coordinator for North Island Community Services Society, thanked the local supporters for financial donations that made the trip possible.
“This year, the North Island Cougars fundraised just over $13,000 to pay for their registration and participation at Operation Trackshoes,” said Gavin. “A big thank you the Port Hardy Lions and Overwaitea Foods for their tremendous financial support this year!”