Newcastle resident takes gold medal at Special Olympics
June 21, 2011
Newcastle resident Kevin McCarthy, 20, took home a gold medal in the 100-meter dash at the Special Olympics Summer Games at Joint Base Lewis-McChord June 4.
McCarthy — a 2010 Liberty High School graduate— was one of nine athletes on the Issaquah Eagles team, which took home 18 medals during the two-day event.
Coach Jiff Searing said McCarthy worked in practice on keeping his pace up throughout the entire sprint.
“He did all that stuff, and it was pretty thrilling. He really kept his pace up,” Searing said. “This particular heat was very close.”
McCarthy also participated in the 200-meter dash, 4×100-meter relay and shot put, finishing fourth, sixth and eighth, respectively.
The team doesn’t give awards, such as most valuable player, but if it did, Searing said McCarthy would have certainly been named most inspirational, as his work ethic and attitude are phenomenal.
“He’s a very inspirational athlete, no question,” he said. “Man, he tries hard. He never puts his head down.”