Tarver takes gold at GUMBO Governor’s Games

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Nicholas Tarver takes a moment to pose with his gold and silver medals and Adaptive Physical Education Instructor Lina Claire Peterson.

On September 28, Nicholas Tarver traveled to Northwestern State University in Natchitoches to participate in the GUMBO 2019 Governor’s Games.  He earned gold medals in the Shot Put and the Javelin and received a silver medal in the discus. 

Nicholas improved his distance with the Javelin by over two feet from the previous year.  He attributed his “extra” strength in his arm to his Adaptive Physical Education instructor, Lina Claire Peterson.  Nicholas is an eighth-grade student at Florien High School and competes in the Junior Division.  Nicholas was the only athlete from Sabine Parish that participated in the GUMB 2019 Governor’s Games.

Games Uniting Mind and Body (GUMBO) is an interscholastic track and field competition designed for children ages five to 18 years of age who have physical or visual disabilities.  The events are like those at other track and field event:  races, shot put, discus, etc.

The Governor’s Games are the state’s premier amateur sporting event.  The Louisiana Governor’s Games provide an opportunity for competition and fitness for all ages and skill levels.

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