Special Olympics Hawaii athletes return from World Games - Hawaii News Now - KGMB and KHNL

Special Olympics Hawaii athletes return from World Games

Nick Pang Nick Pang
Louie Perry Louie Perry

By Mark Carpenter

Some Hawaii heroes brought home a handful of shining memories on Wednesday.

Many were on hand at the Honolulu International Airport to celebrate the return of two Olympians who made Hawaii proud at the Summer World Games in Athens, Greece.

Nick Pang and Louie Perry were two of three athletes from Hawaii who won a combined total of seven medals for Team USA at the games.

Pang, a Waipahu resident, earned two gold medals in powerlifting and also placed fourth in the squat lift and bench press.

"It was amazing. It was great. It's so nice, I really enjoyed it for my first experience," Pang said. "I didn't want to come back home, but I'm back home and I'm glad to be in Hawaii. I'm just so excited to get the gold and to make my family happy."

Perry, a Pahoa native, garnered two medals in the 3,000-meter and 1,500-meter track and field races.

To prepare for the world event, Perry trained for over a year. Now he can't wait to finally get some rest.

"Time to relax, take it easy. Eat some local food and see my dad and my sister," Perry said.

Jennifer Bensman, of Kaneohe, was also in Athens representing Hawaii in the games.

In addition to taking first in the 100-meter freestyle, she earned silver in the 100-meter breaststroke and bronze in the 200-meter freestyle.

Bensman is scheduled to return home on a different flight.

Over 7,000 athletes from 180 nations participated in the games, 315 of which, represented Team USA.

Copyright 2011 Hawaii News Now. All rights reserved.

  • Hawaii News Now headlinesNewsMore>>

  • Kim agrees to dismantle main nuke site if US takes steps too

    Kim agrees to dismantle main nuke site if US takes steps too

    Tuesday, September 18 2018 4:19 AM EDT2018-09-18 08:19:50 GMT
    Wednesday, September 19 2018 11:40 AM EDT2018-09-19 15:40:17 GMT
    (Pyongyang Press Corps Pool via AP). South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, right, wave during a welcoming ceremony at Sunan International Airport in Pyongyang in North Korea, Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018.(Pyongyang Press Corps Pool via AP). South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, right, wave during a welcoming ceremony at Sunan International Airport in Pyongyang in North Korea, Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018.

    The two Korean leaders held summit talks to try to sustain nuclear diplomacy with Washington, which has been pushing hard for stronger disarmament moves from the North.

    More >>

    The two Korean leaders held summit talks to try to sustain nuclear diplomacy with Washington, which has been pushing hard for stronger disarmament moves from the North.

    More >>
  • Trump says we'll make decision if Kavanaugh accuser credible

    Trump says we'll make decision if Kavanaugh accuser credible

    Wednesday, September 19 2018 12:37 AM EDT2018-09-19 04:37:34 GMT
    Wednesday, September 19 2018 11:39 AM EDT2018-09-19 15:39:56 GMT
    (AP Photo/Alex Brandon). In this Sept. 6, 2018 photo, Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh reacts as he testifies after questioning before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington. Official Washington is scrambling Monday to assess...(AP Photo/Alex Brandon). In this Sept. 6, 2018 photo, Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh reacts as he testifies after questioning before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington. Official Washington is scrambling Monday to assess...

    Trump has already rejected the idea of bringing in the FBI to reopen its background check of Kavanaugh. Should he order such a review, it would likely delay a confirmation vote until after the election.

    More >>

    Trump has already rejected the idea of bringing in the FBI to reopen its background check of Kavanaugh. Should he order such a review, it would likely delay a confirmation vote until after the election.

    More >>
  • Ex-police sergeant gets probation in Maui bribery scheme

    Ex-police sergeant gets probation in Maui bribery scheme

    Wednesday, September 19 2018 11:14 AM EDT2018-09-19 15:14:16 GMT
    Walter Ahuna (Image: Hawaii News Now)Walter Ahuna (Image: Hawaii News Now)

    A former Maui police sergeant convicted in a scheme to bribe a man to withdraw a complaint to the police department has been sentenced to three years of probation. 

    More >>

    A former Maui police sergeant convicted in a scheme to bribe a man to withdraw a complaint to the police department has been sentenced to three years of probation. 

    More >>
Powered by Frankly