Swimmer Josh Low sat by the edge of the Walnut Grove Community Centre’s aquatic facility recently

Golden day for Langley swimmer at Special Olympics World Games

Josh Low was as good as gold in the pool during the opening day of competition at the Games in Los Angeles.

Sharing pool space with Special Olympics athletes from around the world pushed Langley’s Josh Low to be at his best.

Low became the first gold medalist at the Special Olympics World Games in L.A. with a win (and personal best) in the 25-metre back stroke, with the rest of Canada’s swim team bringing a total of seven medals and a record eight personal-best times at the pool Sunday, which marked the opening day of competition at the Games.

Profiled by the Langley Advance [World games in L.A. await trio], Low joins basketball players Alastair Singh and Matthew Williams as Langley residents competing for Canada at the world games, which run July 25 to Aug. 2.

Other opening day highlights included a star-studded opening ceremony that included an appearance from the First Lady of the United States of America, Michelle Obama, and performances by Stevie Wonder and Avril Lavigne, who sang her Special Olympics-inspired song “Fly”

In addition to celebrity star power on the main stage, Canada’s own, Justin Beiber, was on hand to celebrate Team Canada and walk with them during the parade of athletes into the iconic coliseum.

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