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Bracken Ridge skiers are stars on the slopes

Queensland alpine skiers Shaun McKee and Brenton Heslehurst of Bracken Ridge with Luke Forster at the Special Olympics World Winter Games in Austria. In the Giant Slalom Brenton won gold, Shaun placed fourth and Luke won silver in their respective divisions.
Queensland alpine skiers Shaun McKee and Brenton Heslehurst of Bracken Ridge with Luke Forster at the Special Olympics World Winter Games in Austria. In the Giant Slalom Brenton won gold, Shaun placed fourth and Luke won silver in their respective divisions. Peter Muhlbock, Special Olympics

BRACKEN Ridge will be known for alpine skiing following the success of two competitors at the Special Olympics World Winter Games in Austria this week.

Brenton Heslehurst has won a gold medal in the Giant Slalom and Shaun McKee placed fourth and recorded a PB (personal best).

Both alpine skiers excelled against competitors who live close to ski fields and who have skied regularly for many years.

Mr Heslehurst's mother Joan said she had spoken to her son's coach who told her Brenton was coming third after the first run and did an exceptional second run that won him gold.

"He said Brenton was very calm and focused for his run and ecstatic when he realised he had won,” Mrs Heslehurst said.

Mr McKee's mother Pam Burrows said she was incredibly proud of him.

"Shaun fell over during his first run but he got up and finished the race,” she said.

"I was so proud of him and his sportsmanship.

"He competed in a higher division than usual.

"I spoke to Shaun after his second race and he was so happy with coming fourth and his PB.

"He's having a wonderful time. He loves the food and the people. He's made friends from all over the world.

"Shaun said this has to be the friendly games; 'we're there for each other, cheering each other on, we respect each other's abilities, talents and differences'.

"He is so happy he went and gave it his best for Australia and got a PB,” Mrs Burrows said.

Topics:  special olympics

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