Every time her music starts up, Darcie Muzychka can't help but think about her grandfather.
Muzychka, a local rhythmic gymnast who is competing at this week's Special Olympics Canada Summer Games in London, Ont., performs her hoop routine to the traditional tune, Ragtime Dance.
The song was the favourite of her grandpa, Frank Milburn, who passed away a couple years ago.
"He loved ragtime and this is kind of honouring him," said the 26-year-old Muzychka.
"When I first did it, I had tears in my eyes after I finished."
The opening ceremony for the Games is Tuesday. Muzychka competes at Level 4, which is the highest. While in London, she'll also step in front of the judges for routines in ball, clubs, ribbon and group ball.
Another rhythmic gymnast from Prince George, Molly Hogan-Thomas, will also be in London for the national gathering. Hogan-Thomas, 20, is a Level 3 competitor and will showcase her abilities in ball, clubs, ribbon, rope and group ball.
See Monday's Citizen for more.