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Golden moment for Kristina Richard at Special Olympics World Summer Games

Kristina Richard had plenty of support from friends and family, including her father Curtis, during the 2018 Special Olympics Canada Summer Games in Antigonish. Corey LeBlanc
Kristina Richard, shown sharing a moment with her father, Curtis, during the 2018 Special Olympics Canada Summer Games in Antigonish, has captured a gold and a bronze medal at the 2019 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Corey LeBlanc

Kristina Richard has captured a gold medal at the 2019 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

With a blistering fast first leg, the Antigonish native raced out to a strong lead and her 4X400m relay teammates never looked back and secured first place.

It is the second medal of the Games for Richard, a long-time member of the Eastern Highlands Special Olympics team, who garnered bronze in the 200m.

In her other race, Richard finished fifth in the highly-competitive 100m.

Kristina Richard preparing to compete in 2019 Special Olympics World Summer Games

It is the first time Richard has represented Team Canada on the Special Olympics’ international stage. A veteran of countless regional and provincial competitions, the Dr. John Hugh Gillis Regional High School graduate has donned Team Nova Scotia colours for two national Games – in Antigonish (2018) and Vancouver (2014).

Richard has been participating in Special Olympics since she was 13.

The 2019 Special Olympics World Summer Games will wrap-up March 21.

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