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Swinging into fun

Belfast Special Olympians experience net gains in tennis event

Herard, Place, Snape, Putansu excel in court activities
By Staff | Oct 01, 2019
Courtesy of: Judy Moore From left, Brandi Place, Mary Putansu, Cody Herard and Dina Snape.

Lewiston — Belfast athletes competed in the Maine State Special Olympics tennis competition on Sept. 24 at Bates College.

One-hundred and 17 Special Olympic athletes from around the state competed in individual tennis skills and match play. This was the first year athletes could compete in match play.

Among the Belfast athletes, Cody Herard won a bronze medal in green ball singles match play. Brandi Place and Dina Snape won three of four matches in red ball doubles as the duo captured the silver medal. Additionally, Mary Putansu, at age 78, won a silver medal in individual tennis skills.

The athletes train at the “Tennis For Fun“ clinics at Belfast City Park June until October. “Tennis For Fun“ is a free tennis clinic for special-needs athletes of all ages. Belfast clinics began in 2004. The program is run entirely by volunteers.

For more information, visit the website at or call Judy Moore at 813-417-3751.

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