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Aušra Garunkšnytė – “Šaltinis” athlete of the year 2017

The best athlete of 2017 in SC “Šaltinis” was selected Aušra Garunkšnytė – a representative of athletics, also called the queen of sports. She ran two marathons in 2017. She was inspired to start training as a marathon runner by her coach Linas Balsys, a bronze medal winner in Athens Paralympics marathon.

The first time Aušra ran the marathon was in September in Vilnius, where her result 3:32:43 h  meant that  she had missed the standard for Tokyo Paralympics by only 3 minutes.

The second time Aušra ran the full marathon in Frankfurt in October 2017.

On behalf of all of the members of SC “Šaltinis” we wish Aušra to meet the standards for Tokyo Paralympics and become a proud Paralympian.

Other athletes who were ranked among the “Šaltinis” TOP 5 of 2017 are (in alphabetical order): Nerijus Montvydas, Justas Pažarauskas, Marius Zibolis (all three – goalball) and Miglė Stoškutė (swimming).

An award ceremony to honor the best athletes will take place on 6th of July, 2018.

A former notable swimmer, champion and record holder Žaneta Voiciukienė proved to be the best oracle – she guessed three out of five sportsmen, selected to the TOP5. 

Photo: private archive of Aušra Garunkšnytė and Linas Balsys