Terry Livingstone • Regina • Special Olympics - Speed Skating
When he was growing up, Terry Livingstone always had a desire to try speed skating. In 1991, he decided to finally enroll in a speed skating program. Looking back years later, he's grateful he made the decision because the sport has provided him with so much.
"I'm so passionate about speed skating because it's an enjoyable sport and you get to meet some great skaters from other clubs," Livingstone said. "The benefits of participating in this sport are you get to travel and compete at a high level in the sport."
Livingstone is a finalist in the 2017 Master Athlete of the Year for the Saskatchewan Sport Awards-an annual awards program of Sask Sport Inc. designed to celebrate and promote the outstanding achievements of Saskatchewan amateur athletes, coaches, officials and volunteers.
Last year was significant for Livingstone when it comes to his performance on the ice and the recognition he received from his home province. Livingstone won a gold medal in the 777 metre event at the Special Olympics World Winter Games, competing against participants from 105 countries. He was inducted into the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame, becoming the first-ever Special Olympics athlete to earn this honour.
"My highlight from last year was to win a gold medal at the Winter Games," Livingstone said. "I felt like I achieved excellence in the sport."
While he has already proven that he's Hall of Fame material, Livingstone doesn't plan to slow down in the future. He plans to train hard, while also passing along his knowledge by mentoring young athletes so they can achieve their goals.
"I try to set an example to the younger athletes to do your best," he said.
Considering the help he has received in his career, Livingstone said it's easy to give back.
"I would like to say thanks to all of my coaches that have helped me achieve my goals," he said. "A big thanks goes out to the Special Olympics for giving me the benefits of participating in sport."
What makes Terry Livingstone #SaskProud?
"I'm so proud to have been able to participate in the sport of speed skating for such a long time, and to wear the maple leaf at the games."
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