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Richmond Special Olympics athlete competes in BC Summer Games

Sandra Malku will be competing in four track & field events this weekend.
Sandra Malku and her team are set to compete in the Special Olympics events at the 2022 BC Summer Games.

A Special Olympics athlete from Richmond is set to compete in Prince George in the 32nd BC Summer Games this weekend.

Sandra Malku and her teammates, along with Richmond resident coach Phoebe Lau, are a part of almost 3,000 participants at this year's event.

Milku will be competing in the 100m, 400m, and 800m races, as well as shot put.

The BC Summer Games are separate from Special Olympics Games, giving athletes the "chance to shine in front of their peers from generic sports, and gain experience at major competitions," according to Special Olympics British Columbia's website.

The BC Summer Games was established along with BC Winter Games in 1978 to bring young people around the province together "through sport and friendship." Prince George is hosting the games for the first time since 1990.