Local Special Olympic bowlers strike gold

They were first and second at annual Goldpan Bowling Tournament

Nineteen 100 Mile House Special Olympics members headed to Quesnel for the 18th Annual Goldpan Bowling Tournament on April 2-3.

There were four teams from Quesnel and four from Prince George. 100 Mile House brought two teams and four extra athletes, and they placed first and second in the tourney.

“We had athletes who bowled way over their average and one really shined and bowled 220 something over his average,” says Denise Thiessen, co-ordinator for the Special Olympics.

She adds a couple of the bowlers were under their average and the team also has a couple right on average.

“This year, we had five athletes who had never experienced something like this and they are already talking about coming again next year. We had an awesome time and, of course, way too much fun.

Thiessen notes there was a dinner and dance during the event with door prizes and an impromptu visit from an eight-piece bagpipe band.

“Our bowling program ended the Tuesday after Easter and now we take a short break before our golf program.

Two volunteers are took five athletes to Dawson Creek on April 15-17 for bowling qualifiers, she says, adding from there, depending on scores, they go to provincials.

“We had a great group this weekend and I am very proud of each and everyone of them.”