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Auburn Recreation Coordinator Jamie Werner Awarded 2012 King County Region Special Olympics Coach of the Year

Jamie WernerAuburn Recreation Coordinator Jamie Werner was honored last month as the 2012 King County Region Special Olympics Coach of the Year. Werner has been with the Auburn Parks Specialized Recreation program for over 20 years, where she began as a volunteer, then a summer intern and has overseen Auburn’s Specialized Recreation programs since 1999. Werner will be honored for her accomplishments at the upcoming City Council meeting on Oct. 15 at 7:30 p.m. at Auburn City Hall located at 25 West Main St.

When she took on the role of program coordinator Auburn Parks had only two active Special Olympics teams. Since then she has grown existing programs in bowling, volleyball, aquatics, athletics, basketball, cycling, and soccer. Auburn Parks has also had teams participate in power lifting, skating, team handball, golf, skiing and softball. Auburn’s program now includes more than 200 athletes and over 100 unified partners and is one of the largest Special Olympics delegations in the state of Washington and attracts athletes from other cities around the area to participate.

She also provides participation opportunities to other teams and annually coordinates and organizes a cycling competition and softball jamboree, along with additional tournaments in various sports throughout the year. During this past summer season, although Auburn Parks didn’t have any softball teams participating at the region event, she still took the time to put on the jamboree in order to benefit other programs and give them more practice.

Her selfless acts and dedication to her program truly come from a place of compassion and love for her athletes and co-workers. In the words of an Auburn Parks employee, “Every once in a while, you get the opportunity to work with someone, or meet someone that is truly remarkable.” For instance, last summer Werner fabricated and adapted the pedals on one of the Auburn Parks tandem bikes to accommodate a cyclist that could not reach the pedals. Her hard at work is also evidenced with the new and improved Auburn Parks bike shed - a project that took years of donations and patience to complete.

As Recreation Coordinator, her job does not stop at Special Olympics. There are many other responsibilities that she has, like social programs; trips and excursions; calendars; brochures and the administrative side of her job. She has a lot on her desk, but always goes beyond to ensure her programs are top notch.

Werner has spent countless hours and many sleepless nights working to create a remarkable program. Her recognition as the 2012 Special Olympics Coach of the Year is well deserved.

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