The 2018 Special Olympic Summer Games go next summer in Antigonish, Nova Scotia.
In total, seven athletes from Grande Prairie have qualified and preparation for the Games is being ramped up.
“They will have a little bit of extra training and practices between now and then. Just to work on their weaknesses, or just to push them a little harder to keep them in top condition,” said Kelly Hollahan, head coach of Grande Prairie’s Special Olympic 10-pin bowling team.
Hollahan adds they are excited to compete, but winning isn’t everything.
“We’re not even most concerned with medalling at this point,” she said. “Obviously medals are great, but we want them to have fun. It’s more the experience of travelling, getting to meet different athletes from right across Canada.”
Local athletes whom have qualified are Sarah Shinn (swimming), Zach Frost (10-pin bowling) and Kaylee Cramer, Nicole Wasylchew, Cole Jarvie, Paul Stranaghan and Matthew Barker-Withers will all compete in five-pin bowling.
Bowling teams will travel to Prince Edward Island in May for their competitions. Other events, which include basketball, bocce, golf, softball, swimming, soccer and rhythmic gymnastics take place in Antigonish in July.
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