Larry McCooey enjoys variety of sports

Comox Valley Special Olympian has many medals and trophies

Larry McCooey with Vancouver Canucks’ President Trevor Linden at the 2013 SOBC Summer Games.

Eliot James

Special to the Record

Special Olympics BC – Comox Valley athlete Larry McCooey joined Special Olympics at the tender age of nine. Now, 40 years later, this dedicated athlete is going strong and continuing his sporty lifestyle.

“He’s been active his whole life,” his father Leighton McCooey says. “He likes all sports.”

Larry McCooey currently participates in swimming, curling, and his favourite, bowling. He used to play floor hockey and golf, and also participated in a horseshoe club.

This longtime athlete is no stranger to competition and has proven his prowess in both bowling and swimming at Special Olympics Canada Games.

McCooey fondly remembers winning gold in swimming at the 1989 Special Olympics BC Summer Games in Campbell River, and taking home silver in freestyle and bronze in breaststroke from the 1990 Special Olympics Canada Summer Games in Vancouver. For this achievement he was honoured with a plaque from the Royal Bank. Today he cherishes photos of the national event.

This season McCooey keenly looked forward to a 5-pin bowling tournament in Courtenay.

“He loves to travel to competitions,” his father says. “He’s a pretty social guy. He knows so many people. People who own the bowling alleys know him pretty well.”

Larry McCooey thrives on the social aspect of Special Olympics, attending mixers and even performing in a play SOBC – Comox Valley put on a few years ago.

“Whenever they have dances, he’s got to get all shined up and he’s got to be mister cool,” Leighton McCooey says.

Larry McCooey is a big hockey and football fan and decorates his room with Canucks emblems every season. He even gets to take in a few live games each year.

Part of McCooey’s busy lifestyle is working five days a week collecting paper for Journey’s recycling program. Afterwards he takes the bus home by himself.

Leighton McCooey couldn’t be happier about what Special Olympics has helped his son do.

“It’s great exercise for him, and the volunteers are great,” McCooey says. “All the programs are great and each program is something the athletes like and can do.”

– Special Olympics BC – Comox Valley

 

Just Posted

Mount Washington opening one week early

The Eagle Express Chairlift will spin Dec. 1 to 3.

Queneesh Elementary breakfast program helps kids thrive

Kids at Queeneesh Elementary don’t just have the opportunity to get an… Continue reading

Courtenay family advocating for drug decriminalization following death of son

Jennifer Hedican knew her son Ryan wanted help. It was the weekend,… Continue reading

Comox Valley struggling to reach affordable housing targets

A recent presentation highlighted that the Comox Valley Regional District is lagging… Continue reading

Huband Park Elementary receives $10,000 grant to expand salad bar lunch program

A $10,000 grant will allow a Comox Valley elementary school to expand… Continue reading

An adopted cat is the best 10 pounds you’ll gain this season

BC SPCA encouraging families to add a forever feline friend during adoption event Nov. 24 to Dec. 3

Uber official says public needs to push for ridesharing in B.C.

Mike van Hemmen tells Kelowna Chamber of commerce ridesharing would be ‘win-win-win’

15 arrested as Duncan police raid yields drugs, stolen property

Arrests made, drugs and stolen property seized

B.C. co-ops relieved with Ottawa’s housing strategy

Federal government to have a new co-operative housing funding model in place by 2020

Mounties dismantle counterfeiters ring with raid in Maple Bay Thursday

Counterfeiting paraphernalia found along with firearms, stolen property as police swept in Nov. 23

B.C. NDP referendum plan sparks legislature battle

David Eby says public will decide on proportional referendum

Hammy has been freed of his threads, a purple antler remains

The iconic Prince Rupert buck with a piece of hammock attached to his antlers was caught by COs

RCMP searching for missing Cowichan Bay boater, Daniel Borthwick

His Zodiac has been found but he has not, so far.

Most Read