Tracy Holmes photo                                Semiahmoo Secondary’s Ryan King and Maya Mangat get ready to pass the baton in the relay race, during Surrey School District’s 4th annual Special Track Meet May 24 at South Surrey Athletic Park.

Tracy Holmes photo Semiahmoo Secondary’s Ryan King and Maya Mangat get ready to pass the baton in the relay race, during Surrey School District’s 4th annual Special Track Meet May 24 at South Surrey Athletic Park.

Surrey’s special athletes celebrated

Annual track meet in South Surrey is ‘all about them’

For anyone wondering what all the smiles, dancing, ribbons and cheers at South Surrey Athletic Park were about Wednesday, the answer is simple: athletes were being celebrated.

Students representing 16 of Surrey’s 19 secondary schools were at the track for the day to participate in the annual Special Track Meet.

In its fourth year for secondary students – an elementary-level meet marked its ninth year last week – the day gave students of varying abilities opportunities to try their hand at events including baseball, high jump, obstacle courses and more, before culminating with a relay.

Every athlete left decorated with ribbons.

“It’s celebrating these athletes,” meet co-ordinator Joan Stock said. “It’s all about them.”