On the court …

Special Olympians serve up aces at MRC

Fun-filled event allows those of all ages to get in swing of things
By Staff | Aug 23, 2014
Photo by: Mark Haskell Special Olympian Samantha Herring of Coastal Navigators makes a return during a tennis event Aug. 20 at the Midcoast Recreation Center in Rockport.

Rockport — The Midcoast Recreation Center and Special Olympics Maine hosted their eighth annual tennis individual skills competition on Wednesday, Aug. 20, with more than 70 Olympians taking part in drills which teach the different components of the sport.

Athletes from four organizations, including the Coastal Navigators, two groups from Auburn and another from Portland, participated in the event, which included drills such as forehand volley, backhand volley, forehand ground stroke, backhand ground stroke, serve deuce court, serve advantage court and alternating ground strokes with movement.

Click for photos from the event.

The event originated in 2005 when Laura Stein, who won the Maine Principals' Association state singles tennis tournament a year prior for Camden Hills, began the tradition and directed the event for five years, before handing the reins to Julia Kosowsky.

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Shane Roberts. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Ronnie Vanasse. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Louis Regnier. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Melvin Achorn. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Brandi Place. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Cody Herard. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
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