Two decades ago, Mary Goodacre would never have imagined her son would be recognized countrywide for his athletic skills.
Tim Goodacre has been named by Special Olympics Canada as the Male Athlete of the Year. The 28-year-old Dundas resident will be feted during the Nov. 14-15 weekend with an award presentation and gala in Toronto.
Said proud mom Mary: “I think it’s amazing that this baby who was born small with low muscle tone is Male Athlete of the Year. If you told me 20 years ago that this would happen, I wouldn’t have believed you. It’s been an amazing journey.”
Goodacre has been participating in Special Olympics programs for more than 14 years. He is registered in figure skating, power-lifting and athletics, but he also plays golf, skis with his family and competes in triathlons.
According to his figure skating coach and athlete of the year nominator Jenna Smith, Goodacre is constantly striving to improve in all his athletic endeavours.
“He’s shaved strokes off his golf game, occasionally skis the black (advanced) runs, is constantly lifting heavier weights and has been featured on TSN as an outstanding triathlete,” Smith states her nomination papers.
However, Goodacre’s greatest sporting success has come on the ice. As an accomplished figure skater, Goodacre has claimed top spots at both the national and international levels. At the 2013 Special Olympics World Winter Games in South Korea, Goodacre picked up two medals.
“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.