A local teenager has been given the opportunity to represent the region on a national stage.
15-year-old Breanna Williams will compete in figure skating at the upcoming Special Olympics Canada Winter Games. She is the only athlete from Windsor-Essex to qualify for the Games.
"I’m really excited about going, and I’m counting down the days," said Williams. "I’ve been skating since I was a little girl, and this is a dream come true. I want to win the gold."
Williams, a longtime client of the John McGivney Children's Centre (JMCC), began skating when she was four.
The Games, which will take place in Calgary, are a culmination of a journey that includes participation in provincial and territorial competitions. The Canada Winter Games is a step toward the Special Olympics World Winter Games in 2025.
Jennifer Jovanovski, CEO of the JMCC, said Williams' journey has been inspiring.
"We have watched Breanna grow from a little girl into the remarkably determined and talented young woman she is today," said Jovanovski. "Breanna continues to set goals for herself that many of us could only dream of. She works extremely hard to rise above any obstacles that stand in the way of achieving her goals. We are so thrilled for Breanna and will be cheering her on."
The Canada Winter Games are scheduled for February 27 to March 2.