BEAVER BANK: First Canada Games, no problem for Scott-Robert Denyes.
The Beaver Bank native skated to a silver medal performance in the Special Olympics Singles Level III male Free Program at the Canada Games in Red Deer, Alta. on Feb. 27.
In an interview on Feb. 28, Scott said
“I am pretty happy at the result,” said Scott. “It means I did my best and I got to where I wanted to be.”
Scott dedicated his performance to his grandmother, who was his biggest fan and supporter in giving him encouragement through his early years. She died recently from cancer.
“I was about to quit, but knowing she was supporting me I didn’t,” he said. “When she passed away, it was hard but I wanted to remember her in a special way. And the Best way I could do that was through skating.”
The song he performed to, “Tears from Heaven” by Eric Clapton, his grandmothers favourite song. The outfit he performed in was emblematic of that as it had the breast cancer-pink colour complete with the pink ribbon on the front.
When he heard he had won silver, Scott said he had a smile a mile long.
“I was pretty excited at that moment,” he said. “My mom wouldn’t stop crying. My whole team was there cheering for me.
“It was awesome.”
A day after the win, he was still on Cloud Nine.
He knows the community of Beaver Bank and his schoolmates at Harold T. Barrett Junior High were proud of his accomplishment too.
“Everyone back home was cheering for me,” said Scott.
Quebec won gold, while the Yukon grabbed bronze.