Saugus, Calif. – The Santa Clarita Valley is known to produce many athletes in a wide variety of sports. Whether it’s Matt Moore and Shane Vereen in the National Football League, Major League pitcher James Shields, or Olympian Allyson Felix, the foothill area has their fair share of athletes coming through town.
But two you might not know about have been practicing on the Saugus High Track in early spring for one of the biggest events around the world – the Special Olympics.
28 year-old Blaine palmer and 18 year-old Keegan Clark are members of the Santa Clarita chapter’s Track team for the Olympics, and have just been invited to the USA Games in New Jersey this summer. The invitation also is a preparation for the International games to be held in 2015 in the greater Los Angeles area.
The two will be performing in the 50M, 100M, and the 4 x 100M relay races, as well as the shot put.
While the stage may be big, Track coach Becky Sill knows that Palmer and Clark will be successful when the time comes.
“They’ll feed off of each other and really motivate each other,” said Sill on their preparation for the games. She also noted that the two will be in different age groups, which will double the excitement for the chapter when the two athletes represent Southern California.
Of course the news of being invited was an absolute thrill, especially for Blaine’s family.
When the invitation became official, Blaine’s mom Adele Shoustal described the moment as “just [being] so excited” and that the family “couldn’t believe the opportunity. It was wonderful.”
If you have any questions regarding the Special Olympics local chapter, people can e-mail Becky Sill at firstname.lastname@example.org or look at the website at www.sosc.org/santaclarita.