Torben Schuffert competes in Burns Lake Feb. 1. (Submitted photo)

Schuffert brings home snowshoeing gold

Special Olympics athlete takes top spot in 200 metre and 4X100 relay

Smithers’ Torben Schuffert is a national champion in snowshoeing twice over.

The 19-year-old returned from the Special Olympics Canada Winter Games in Thunder Bay this week with two gold medals.

Schuffert participated in four events in Thunder Bay, ON Feb. 25 – 29.

READ MORE: Three from Smithers headed to Special Olympics Canada Winter Games

In the 200 metre final he took the top spot with a blistering 40.70 seconds pace before combining with Team BC teammates Justin Chippendale, Austin Webber and Tony Wilkinson for another gold in the 4X100 metre relay.

Schuffert also competed in the 100 and 400 metre events finishing just off the podium in fourth place in both races with personal best times of 18:60 and 1:38:10 respectively.

This was the second time Schuffert represented B.C. in the national championships. In 2016 he competed in Corner Brook, N.L. as an alpine skier taking fifth in the giant slalom and sixth in the super G.

Schuffert was joined in Thunder Bay by two others from Smithers, Team BC snowshoeing coach (and mom) Sandra Schuffert and medical liaison Carla Zilkowsky.

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