Just ahead of the 2016 Summer Games, The Des Moines Register revealed the All-Iowa Special Olympics Elite Athletes. The athletes chosen represent the spirit of the Special Olympics Iowa movement and have gone above and beyond to show their dedication to sport and sportsmanship. They represent SOIA in competitions, service to their fellow athletes, and leadership within the organization and their community.

The Elite Athletes will be honored at the Register’s All-Iowa Sports Awards Banquet on June 18 in Des Moines. The banquet will feature keynote speaker Peyton Manning.

Below is a list of each Elite Athlete and the sports they are involved in with SOIA. Congratulations to all!

Dakota Williams Dakota Williams | Unified Team | Afton
Bocce, basketball, athletics, cheerleading, cycling

Lynn Singer Lynn Singer | Unified Team | Afton
Bocce, basketball, athletics, cheerleading, cycling

Austin Hora  Austin Hora | Cedar Falls
Bowling, golf roller skating, speed skating, soccer, aquatics

Adam Rininger Adam Rininger | Muscatine
Softball, basketball, athletics, aquatics, soccer

Landon Gunderson Landon Gunderson | Conrad
Basketball, aquatics, cycling, equestrian, alpine skiing, bowling

Meghan Nordstrom Meghan Nordstrom | Sharpsburg
Athletics, bowling, Alpine skiing, snowshoeing, softball

Jacob Villagran-Blunk Jacob Villagran-Blunk | Denison
Basketball, softball, athletics

Mitchell Betsworth Mitchell Betsworth | Sioux City
Golf, bowling, basketball, powerlifting, soccer, aquatics, softball

Amber Sir Amber Sir | Cedar Rapids
Basketball, soccer, athletics, volleyball

Gage-Porter Gage Porter | Fort Dodge
Bowling, athletics, basketball

Bobby Argo Bobby Argo | New Market
Bowling, athletics, basketball

Rebecca Guion Rebecca Guion | Osceola
Bowling, athletics, Nordic skiing, basketball