Newcastle resident takes gold medal at Special Olympics

July 1, 2011

By Staff

Newcastle resident Kevin McCarthy, 20, took home a gold medal in the 100 meter dash at the Special Olympic Summer Games at Joint Base Lewis-McChord June 4.

Kevin McCarthy proudly displays his ribbon after receiving it during the Special Olympics Summer Games awards ceremony June 4. McCarthy took first in the 100-meter dash. Alan Berner/The Seattle Times

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 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, because 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.”

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