By Debra Downey, Senior Editor
Special Olympics figure skater Tim Goodacre is in the running for a 2013 Ontario Sport Award.
Goodacre has been nominated in the Male Athlete with a Disability category.
The Dundas resident competed in the 2013 Special Olympics World Games in South Korea and placed first in both the men’s singles and pairs figure skating competitions.
Last fall, Goodacre was named the 2013 Special Olympics Canada, Male Athlete of the Year.
At the time, his long-time coach Jenna Smith told the Dundas Star News that Goodacre is constantly striving to improve.
“Tim’s dedication to his training is admirable,” said Smith. “He knows what he has to work on and he puts the time in to make sure he is always improving, whether he’s with his coach or training on his own.”
Goodacre also embodies the meaning of sportsmanship, said his long-time coach. He is a leader at his club — Dofasco Skating Club Special Olympics Figure Skating — and younger skaters look up to him because of his accomplishments and friendly demeanor.
“Tim is very supportive of his teammates and always keeps what’s most important in perspective — doing your best, whether that results in a medal or not,” said Smith.
Established in 1965, the Ontario Sport Awards are the highest recognition for sport excellence in the province.Winners of 2013 awards will be announced at a gala on April10 in Toronto.
Nominated in male athlete category along with Goodacre are para-alpine skiing Mac Marcoux and powerlifter Tim Ekert.