WARNER ROBINS -- High fives, crazy dances and leaps in the air for joy werent just for spares and strikes.
At Gold Cup Bowling on Friday, cheers for a job well done were the norm as the Special Olympics Georgia Masters Bowling Tournament descended on the city.
All 50 lanes at Gold Cup were booked along with 16 at Robins Lanes at Robins Air Force Base, said Charles White, Special Olympics Georgia senior sports and program manager.
Teams from 50 delegations across Georgia participated in the weekends events, which lasted through Sunday. The athletes came from as far away as Dalton and Valdosta, White said.
Throughout the weekend, more than 1,000 athletes as well as 800 volunteers and coaches participated in the event, which runs simultaneously with the Horse Show at the Georgia National Fairgrounds and Agricenter.
A delegation from Macon brought about 24 bowlers to Gold Cup on Friday for a chance of winning a gold medal.
Their total number of athletes for the entire weekend was closer to 100.
Dottie Glass, of Macon, has been helping the Special Olympics for 37 years, since her daughter, Dana, now 43, was 6 years old.
We have done almost every sport, Dottie Glass said.
Her daughter wasnt competing until Saturday but could be found at the lanes, drawing designs for dresses on her sketch pad.
I like knocking all 10 pins down, Dana Glass said, sporting her Peace, Love, Bowling green T-shirt.
Dana Glass usually bowls about 95 but she said at a recent local tournament she scored a 125 and 113.
Its so good for people with special needs to be a participant in sports with their peers, Dottie Glass said.
The tournament held three types of bowling: singles; unified, which was two athletes and two volunteers; and ramp bowling for wheelchairs.
One of Dana Glasss teammates, Scott Polk, from Macon, was showing some skill as well.
Polk normally bowls an average of 65, Glass said, but had four spares to score a 97 for his first round.
Mom, I got another one, Polk said with a big grin on his face as he came back to the table his parents were sitting at after throwing his fourth spare.