Nanaimo’s Dennis Lynch competes in cross-country skiing at the Special Olympics World Winter Games in Austria earlier this month. (Special Olympics Canada photo)

Nanaimo’s Dennis Lynch competes in cross-country skiing at the Special Olympics World Winter Games in Austria earlier this month. (Special Olympics Canada photo)

Nanaimo athlete earns international silver at Special Olympics

Dennis Lynch won a silver medal at the Special Olympics World Winter Games in Austria this month

Special Olympics Team Canada shone on the world stage and a Nanaimo athlete made a medal contribution.

Dennis Lynch won a silver medal in cross-country skiing at the Special Olympics World Winter Games in Austria this month.

He was part of the Canadian team that finished second in the 4x1km freestyle relay event with a time of 28 minutes, 13.10 seconds. Lynch also had fourth-place finishes in the 1km freestyle and the 2.5km classical races.

He was one of 16 athletes from B.C. to make Team Canada.

“We are very proud of this province’s members of Special Olympics Team Canada 2017. They trained so hard to be able to perform at their best on the world stage, and they showed such inspiring dedication, sportsmanship, and skill,” said Lois McNary, vice-president of sport with Special Olympics B.C., in a press release.

The Games were held from March 14-25 and brought together representatives from more than 100 nations. There were more than 2,600 athletes with intellectual disabilities there, as well as 1,100 coaches.