Chasing gold: Montreal athlete Sara Daigle set for 2019 Special Olympics

WATCH: A West Island woman is looking forward to representing Canada at the Special Olympics World Games in Abu Dhabi in March. As Global's Brayden Jagger Haines explains, Sara Daigle is setting her sights on the gold medal in swimming.

Dozens of medals dangle off two shelves in Sara Daigle’s room.

Bronze, silver and gold, Daigle has amassed many achievements competing and participating in the Special Olympics over the years.

The accomplished athlete, a Dollard-des-Ormeaux native, has competed in a gamut of sports throughout her 41 years, competing in sport since she was eight years old.

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Daigle has participated in track and field, bowling and snowshoeing events.

Her latest Olympic venture is freestyle swimming.

Daigle will be one of the 109 members of team Canada heading to the 15th edition of the 2019 Special Olympics World Games in Abu Dhabi. 

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She will be representing her country in the pool in various competitions.

Sara Daigle doing training laps in a local pool.
Sara Daigle doing training laps in a local pool. Global News

This is not the first time Daigle has gotten her feet wet on the world stage.

She took home two silver and one bronze at the 2005 Japan Winter Special Olympics in snowshoeing.

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“She might not be the fastest swimmer out there but she is the fastest in her division,” Daigle’s self-proclaimed proud caregiver, Tracey Wrench, said.

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Competing for over 33 years and with no signs of slowing down, Wrench says Daigle does it for fun.

“Sara’s very easy-going, she goes for herself,” Wrench said.

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“She aims to do her personal best.”

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Her personal best has gotten her gold in the past and Daigle says she’s hoping for more hardware for her collection.

When asked if gold was in her grasp in Abu Dhabi, Daigle exclaimed, “Oh yeah.”

The 2019 Special Olympics World Games will be hosted in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

This will be the first time the competition will be held in the Middle East since the event was founded 50 years ago.

More than 7,000 athletes and 170 countries are competing.

The event will run from March 14 to 21.