Three new members were inducted Wednesday night into the Barrie Sports Hall of Fame.
All three have competed for the local chapter of the Special Olympics.
Michael Wimbs was born in May 1985 and became involved with Special Olympics in the early 2000s. After a brief hiatus, he returned to active participation in Special Olympics in 2014, participating in Alpine Skiing, Soccer, and Softball. Mike competed at Special Olympics Provincial games in 2003 and 2015 in Alpine Skiing, and in 2017 as part of Barrie’s Softball team.
As a member of Team Ontario, Mike advanced to the Special Olympics National Games in both 2004 and 2016. He had several podium finishes in the various events in which he was entered. Mike earned the right to represent Team Canada at the Special Olympic World Games in Austria in 2017. He won a Gold medal for his performance in the Giant Slalom Alpine Ski event. Mike was always committed to training for sports and worked very hard to meet expectations. The winning of a medal in a Special Olympics World Games qualified Mike Wimbs for Automatic Induction into the Barrie Sports Hall of Fame.
Mike Wimbs was recognized in 2017 as a recipient of the Governor John Graves Simcoe Award. He has become a leader with Special Olympics, being a mentor in the Athletic Leadership program, as well as an ambassador for Special Olympics as a public speaker.
Jade Irvine was born in July 2000, joining Special Olympics Barrie in 2013. She is a multi-sport athlete, competing in snowshoeing, swimming, soccer, track, and 5 pin bowling. Jade has competed in Provincial Games for Special Olympics in both North Bay (where she medalled in every event she entered) and Peel Region.
As a member of Team Ontario, Jade competed at the Special Olympics National Games in Newfoundland. She also earned the right to represent Team Canada at the Special Olympics World Games in Austria in 2017. She competed in the 100-meter and 200-meter snowshoe races, as well as the 4×100 metre relay, where she won a silver medal.
Jade is a very dedicated athlete who was very committed to a rigorous training schedule required to compete in the World Games. The winning of a medal in a Special Olympics World competition qualified Jade Irvine for Automatic Induction into the Barrie Sports Hall of Fame.
Jade Irvine was also recognized as a recipient of the Governor John Graves Simcoe Award in 2017.
David Whyne was born in Barrie in August 1991 and has been involved in Special Olympics Barrie since 2009. He is a year-round athlete, competing in Nordic Skiing, Alpine Skiing, Snowshoeing, Soccer, Track, and Golf. After competing at the regional level in Alpine Skiing, David advanced to the Special Olympic Provincial Games in North Bay in 2015.
In 2016, as a member of Team Ontario, David competed in the Special Olympic National Games in Newfoundland. Competing in Alpine Skiing, he won gold in Slalom, gold in Super G, and Silver in Giant Slalom. David competed for Team Canada at the Special Olympics World Games in Austria in 2017. As an Alpine Skier, he won Silver in Slalom and Bronze in the Giant Slalom. He is considered a very dedicated athlete, committed to every sport in which he participates. The winning of a medal in a Special Olympics World Competition qualifies David Whyne for Automatic Induction into the Barrie Sports Hall of Fame.
Dave Whyne was recognized as a recipient of the Governor John Graves Simcoe Award in 2017. As well, David Whyne composed the Team Canada song for the 2017 Special Olympics. He performed this song at various venues in Austria.