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David Cheyne makes his way over the finish line while competing in the 100-metre snowshoeing event at the 2014 Special Olympics Winter Games held at St. John's-Ravesncourt School in February.

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David Cheyne makes his way over the finish line while competing in the 100-metre snowshoeing event at the 2014 Special Olympics Winter Games held at St. John's-Ravesncourt School in February.

DAVID CHEYNE, 20

Manitoba Special Olympics athlete in snowshoeing, swimming and track and field.

Accomplishments:

David, who has Down syndrome, has been a Special Olympics athlete since he was three years old, when his mother, Katherine, put him into Manitoba Special Olympics' Active Start program. It involves children ages two to seven getting active and working on fine motor skills through play in a gym and other fun environments.

In 2012, David was selected for Team Manitoba to represent the province at the Special Olympics Canada Winter Games at St. Albert, Alta. It was the high point of his athletic career so far, as he earned a silver and a bronze medal in snowshoeing.

"As a parent, when you are told what your child can't do all his life, when you see him on a national stage receiving medals, it makes you feel like you've done something right," Katherine said.

David will graduate from Windsor Park Collegiate this spring.

1. Favourite workout?

I like strength training like push-ups, sit-ups and doing planks.

2. Favourite workout song?

Get'cha Head in the Game from Disney's High School Musical soundtrack. It has a good beat and anything from High School Musical is good.

3. Fitness tip?

Have good nutrition. Eat lots of chicken and vegetables and fruit. And drink lots of water.

4. What's in your fridge?

Lots of fresh fruits and vegetables. Cut them down so they can be snacks.

5. What's your guilty pleasure?

Pop -- soft drinks are full of sugar and caffeine, which dehydrates you, but they taste good.

ashley.prest@freepress.mb.ca

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition March 8, 2014 D15

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