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  • Writer's pictureThe Beagle

Special Olympics South Coast - 10 Pin Bowling at Regional Competition

Special Olympics is a volunteer-run sporting group for people with intellectual disability. Special Olympics South Coast Club welcomes athletes and volunteers from Ulladulla to Victorian border. Besides 10 pin, they train and compete in basketball and swimming.

The latest sports venture Special Olympics South Coast had an early start (5:00am) to travel to Shellharbour Ten Pin Bowling Alley.

The 12 athletes, supported by 4 volunteers in this event came from Moruya, Batemans Bay and Ulladulla. Alas the distance was far too great for the Special Olympics South Coast Bega athletes to compete in this comp.

In all 90+ athletes from more than 5 regions across the state and ACT competed.

As is usual players are divisioned into groups that allow for the most equitable outcomes with all athletes winning ribbons, and many beating their personal bests.

Along with impressive games played by all athletes, three new Special Olympics South Coast athletes played outstanding games. Helena was placed 3rd; Steve placed 2nd; and Alicia was 1st.

Unfortunately, and much to the athletes’ disappointment, they were unable to stay for the presentation of the doubles ribbons, due to distance/travel woes. The athletes will instead

learn how they went in the doubles, when Illawarra Special O sends the results and the ribbons. This will all be revealed during a own presentation at the next training morning at Dunn Lewis Centre, Ulladulla on 13 August (9:30- 11:00am) hoping to have many clubs compete when they host a Regional Ten Pin Bowing comp in October. The next big bowling trip - State Bowling Carnival in Campbelltown, August 19 and 20. 15 of our athletes will compete to win medals!

Above: The Special Olympics South Coast Club team (including volunteers) continued to show kindness, sportsmanship and enthusiasm, not only on the long road trip, but throughout a very busy (and noisy!) day.

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