Gander's Floressa Harris wins bronze at World Winter Special Olympics


Published on March 20, 2017

Floressa Harris, who won a bronze medal in snowshoeing at the World Winter Special Olympic Games in Austria, is one of four Newfoundlanders on Team Canada at the Games.

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Floressa Harris of Gander won a bronze medal for Canada today at the Special Olympics World Winter Games in Ramsau, Austria.

Harris finished third in 100-metre snowshoeing — basically a winter-time version of a sprint — in a time of 20.71 seconds in the female Class 9 final.
She is one of four Newfoundlanders —all snowshoers — on the Canadian team at the Austrian Games. The others are Justin Dodge of Grand Bank, Sandra Smith of Carbonear and Crystal Young of Harbour Grace.

Dodge just missed the podium today in the men's Class 11 100 metres, finishing fourth in the final in a time of 17.90 seconds, less than 3/10ths of a second behind the third-place finisher.
Harris has another event — the 200 metres — on Tuesday. Smith and Dodge also compete in events Tuesday, while Young’s next competition is Wednesday.