Special Olympics bowlers to converge on Warner Robins

awoolen@macon.comAugust 21, 2013 

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Andrew White, left, using his special between the legs underhanded roll, zeroes in on a spare during a Special Olympics bowling event last year in Warner Robins.

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Warner Robins will welcome 1,350 athletes this weekend for the Masters Bowling Tournament for Special Olympics Georgia.

Along with the bowlers, 600 volunteers and 400 coaches will make the event possible. This is the fourth year the city has hosted the event, held at Gold Cup Bowling Center and Robins Lanes.

“It’s some serious competition,” said Wendy Bigham, senior public relations manager for Special Olympics Georgia.

Bigham said Warner Robins City Council donated $5,000 to the tournament to make sure the athletes have housing and meals during their stay here.

They will come from all parts of Georgia, some from the coast near Savannah and others from the north Georgia mountains.

The Special Olympics Georgia has the largest program in the U.S., with 25,878 active athletes, Bigham said.

The action starts Friday at 10:30 a.m.

Bigham said the event is open to the public.

“We do need fans in the stands,” she said.

The bowlers, age 22 and older, are divided up by average scores they receive during their local and recreation events. They are put into divisions based on ranges of scores.

There will also be ramp bowling for those in wheelchairs.

“It’s very touching,” Bigham said.

Ceremonies to present awards will be held after the morning rounds on Saturday and Sunday as well as after the afternoon round Saturday.

Although bowling alleys can get crowded, she encouraged the community to come out to see the athletes in action.

“They need people to cheer for them,” Bigham said.

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