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CORONAVIRUS UPDATES FOR SVALBARD FOR FRI.-SUN.: First round of ‘exempt’ aid complete, applications for next begin Sunday; mainland cities cancel May 17 events; and more


This story will be updated throughout the weekend (most recent: 4:45 p.m. Saturday). Photos of world-famous Longyearbyen resident, Trym Aunevik, 18, at his new job as a cleaner for Pole Position Logistics (details below) by Terje Aunevik.

The first application round for grants to help “exempt” residents who’ve been laid off is complete, with those rejected and/or with children among those apply to reapply for a second round beginning Sunday, the city announced Friday.

The second round for the grants, which provide up to 20 days of compensation with a maximum of 10,800 kroner, will last until May 18.

ETERNALLY GOLD: Trym Aunevik gets royal welcome home after proving himself an all-time best at Special Olympics World Games in Abu Dhabi


Trym Aunevik, 17, didn’t return to Longyearbyen with any gold medals – or even bronze. But the same lifetime of determination earning him a trip to the Special Olympic World Games in Abu Dhabi deemed him worthy of competing against the best of the best once he got there and he went three-for-three in the larger challenge of achieving the gold for himself.

Aunevik, one of Norway’s four national champion swimmers at the Games, set personal records during two events and tied his best at a third while finishing fourth, fifth and sixth in the races. He got a “white carpet” reception when he arrived with his family at Svalbard Airport on Saturday evening with bright lights and teenage peers bearing Norwegian flags lined both sides of the snow-covered tarmac greeting him as he emerged from the plane to cheers of onlookers.

TRYM, TRYM, TRYM AGAIN: Three-time national gold medalist Trym Aunevik, 17, takes lifetime of overcoming disability to new heights with personal bests at Special Olympic World Games


Trym Aunevik, 17, can fire the rifles local teachers carry at recess in case of polar bears, but isn’t allowed to attend school because there’s no program for someone with Down’s Syndrome. But the lessons of a lifetime of challenges and endurance are reaping unprecedented rewards for him – and family and supporters at his side since birth – as the three-time national champion swimmer is achieving new heights of victory this week at the Special Olympic World Games in Abu Dhabi.

‘We were hoping for something better’: Trym Aunevik returns to Longyearbyen, but not to school due to Down’s Syndrome; parents still trying to work out an alternative plan


Like his peers, Trym Aunevik spent Monday greeting friends after a long summer holiday and learning new things on the first day of the new school year. Only he wasn’t at school – instead he was working in his mother’s cafe because he’s no longer allowed to attend because he has Down’s Syndrome and his parents are still struggling to come up with an alternative education plan.

‘How does a mom explain?’: Trym Aunevik, 16, lifelong Longyearbyen resident and champion swimmer, told he must finish school on mainland because he has Down’s Syndrome


Trym Aunevik, 16, is a national champion swimmer who a month ago proved fit enough to be one of four teens representing Norway in next year’s Special Olympic World Games. But the government has decided he is not fit to continue attending school in his lifelong hometown of Longyearbyen because he has Down’s Syndrome and the school lacks a special education program.