Cook, seen here practicing before the nationals, brought home gold from PEI.

Special O athletes do Castlegar proud at nationals

Michael Cook brings home gold from PEI bowling championships

Three Castlegar men brought home the goods from a national bowling championship held earlier this month in Prince Edward Island.

They were taking part in the 2018 Special Olympics Canada Bowling Championships, which ran from May 15 to 19 in Charlottetown, Summerside and Tyne Valley, P.E.I.

Michael Cook won gold in the individual event and finished seventh in the team event playing on the Comox Valley Pins team, while Thomas Bell finished fifth in the individual event and also placed seventh with the Pins.

Wayne Jones finished sixth in the individual event and eighth in the team event, playing with the Cowichan Valley Strikers.

In all Team BC five-and-ten-pin bowlers earned 31 medals and achieved many personal bests.

The province sent 56 athletes with intellectual disabilities, 12 coaches, and three mission staff members, representing 23 communities across British Columbia.

“Team BC bowlers trained hard for the Bowling Championships, and it was inspiring to see their work pay off,” says Leslie Thornley, Team BC 2018 Chef de Mission. “Along with achieving an impressive medal count, they recorded many personal bests, made new friends from across the country, and created wonderful memories.”

Team BC 2018 athletes from nine other sports will represent British Columbia at the 2018 Special Olympics Canada Summer Games in Antigonish, Nova Scotia later in the summer.

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