Bellingham Student Participates in Winter Special Olympics
Mar 28, 2019 06:00AM
● By Pamela Johnson
written by Marjorie Turner Hollman, Contributing Writer
Anthony D’Asti, 10, son of Tina Marie and Stephen D’Asti of Bellingham, set out March 16 for his first experience participating in the Winter Special Olympics, which took place at Wachusett Mountain. He entered the Super G, Giant Slalom and Slalom events. However, this Bellingham Memorial School 5th grader is no stranger to competition. Last fall he participated with Bellingham Memorial’s Cross Country team and found it to be a great experience.
When his parents took him to Loon Mountain at age 8, Anthony found that skiing was a great sport for him. Unsure if he would continue to enjoy skiing or not, his parents took him the following winter to Waterville Valley, where Anthony once again had a positive experience participating in downhill skiing.
Now he’s taking on this new challenge. His ski coach, Dave Domke, encouraged Anthony to participate in the Special Olympics at Wachusett Mountain. “We’re grateful,” his mother, Tina Marie, said, in talking about how much Domke has helped her son with his skiing. “This is new for us, the Special Olympics, but the program is really structured, so we’re excited and we will see how it goes. We never thought our son would be able to do this, but he’s loving it.”
Tina Marie explained that Anthony needs help strengthening his core muscles, so sports such as cross country and skiing are great in helping him strengthen those muscles and improve his balance. Results of the competition were not available by press time but, if you see Anthony, we expect that he will be happy to tell you about his experience, regardless of the final results of the competition.