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Special Olympics Bahamas stage its bowling nationals

Major, Forbes and Bullard win national titles in the three divisions

Published: May 22, 2013

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On Wednesday May 15, Special Olympics Bahamas held its third annual bowling nationals at Mario’s Bowling and Family Entertainment Palace.

A total of 15 bowlers took to the lanes competing for medals, divisional titles and bragging rights. Division three gold medal winner Amanda Major served notice early that she meant business as she recorded a personal best of 105 in her first game. Not resting on her laurels, she then set a new personal best of 119 in her second game, giving her the high game title as well as the divisional title.

Division three is developmental and consists of new bowlers, all of whom had bowled fewer than 15 total games prior to the nationals. Coaches Gilbert Williams and Angie Smith were both extremely proud of Major’s accomplishments and are already contemplating promoting her to division two during the next session.

Katie Forbes, long-time Special Olympics athlete, took charge of division two, capturing both the high game award (120) and the gold medal with a set score of 317. Forbes has a personal best of 130 which she recorded a couple weeks prior to the tournament, raising the level of her game just in time for the nationals.

While competition was expected to be very keen in division one, and it was, Deangelo Bullard made it very clear from the beginning that the battle would be for the silver medal as he had plans to cart away the gold. Bullard appeared to have gained added inspiration by his mother’s presence who keenly looked on as he scorched the lanes for scores of 155, 132 and 156, capturing both the high game award and the coveted gold medal with a high set score of 443.

Bullard has a personal best game of 178 which he recorded earlier this year. Rounding out the top three in division one was silver medalist Daniel Johnson (375), and bronze medalist Kenva Knowles (359).

Chairman of Special Olympics Bahamas Nello Lambert, who is also chairman of Special Olympics Caribbean, highlighted and thanked unified partners Tara Culmer and Lesley Taylor for their participation and for being the first two unified partners of Special Olympics Bahamas.

Special Olympics Bahamas is a part of Special Olympics International, which is a non-profit, worldwide organization that provides sports training and competition for persons with intellectual disability. The unified partner program is comprised of persons without intellectual disability, who compete alongside persons with intellectual disability.

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