Eastern Honors Special Olympian Headed for South Korea
Heather Comer was recognized at last Saturday’s men’s basketball game and will represent Special Olympics Washington in the World Winter Games
Continuing its long-standing relationship with Special Olympics, the Eastern Washington University athletic department recognized Spokane Valley resident Heather Comer, who is headed to the 2013 Special Olympics World Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
Comer was selected to represent Special Olympics Washington at the World Winter Games after receiving three gold medals in the downhill, slalom, and giant slalom at the Washington State Special Olympics Winter Games last March in Wenatchee.
Helping recognize Comer at the EWU versus Sacramento State game on Jan. 12 was Eastern head football coach Beau Baldwin and senior linebacker Zach Johnson. Johnson has provided past assistance with Special Olympics, as well as many other coaches and student-athletes at EWU.
The World Games take place from Jan. 29 to Feb. 6 in Pyeongchang, the same place where the 2018 Winter Olympics will be held. Korea will be hosting more than 2,300 Special Olympics Athletes from over 100 nations.
Comer has been a member of the Spokane Powderhounds -- the Spokane Parks and Recreation Therapeutic Ski Program -- for over 15 years. It is where she first learned to ski and continues to develop her skiing skills and ability every year.
Her development has come under the tutelage of coach Joanie Sloan, Powderhounds head coach Roger Schramm and Powderhounds director Alice Busch. In addition, she has been assisted over the years by many volunteers, who have helped her gain independence, confidence and skill as a skier. Mt. Spokane Ski and Snowboard Park is the home base for the team and has been a key supporter of the program.