Special Olympics

Bowlers compete in area championship


Deon James and Brandon Maske stand on the winners’ podium at the Dec. 6 bowling tournament at Junction lanes. 

Some 153 athletes, from four counties, competed Dec. 6 in Newnan at the Area 6 Bowling Championship for Special Olympics.

The competition was for middle and high school students, and the top scorers will go on to Special Olympics Georgia's State Indoor Winter Games in January in Marietta. Bowling is part of the winter games, along with gymnastics, basketball, floor hockey, roller skating and power lifting.

There will be a total of 49 Coweta County athletes competing in the Winter Games, in bowling, power lifting, basketball and roller skating.

Friday's competition at Junction Lanes in Newnan included bowlers from Coweta, Fayette, Carroll and Heard counties. Athletes are grouped by their age and abilities.

Ribbons were given out for top placers in each bowling lane, and there were also plenty of door prizes.

Special Olympics bowling is "about competition, but it is also about teaching them how to go out in a facility in our county and know how to use it," said Kelly Abercrombie, director of Coweta Special Olympics. "Our goal in Special Olympics is to make them as independent as possible, wherever they are."

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