Special Olympics clubs enjoy a fun outing

Ball rolling . . . Special Olympics Otago club member Mark Braam prepares to bowl as team›mate Carol Roulston watches. PHOTO: SUPPLIED


Athletes put their best bowls forward last month for the Special Olympics indoor bowls ribbon day.

Competitors from Southland, Otago and South Otago (Dunedin) joined to mix clubs and have a day of bowling and fun.

It was the first event held in Otago since 2019 due to Covid›19 halting two proposed events and took place at the Telford SIT Campus gymnasium.

Co›ordinator Chris Moffitt said it was a great day and it was good to get participants from different regions together again after cancelled events.

‘‘It’s really good to participate and broaden networks among the regions and get these awesome people out to socialise with one another, seeing as they haven’t been able to do it for so long,’’ he said.

‘‘They haven’t seen each other in ages, so I think it was good for the competitors to finally get back into it and have a go again.’’

The Southland club won from Otago and South Otago.

‘‘Most of our participants get ribbons for participating and winning, and some of them have amassed plenty of ribbons over time. It’s always nice to win prizes and ribbons, but just getting out amongst it is what it’s really all about.’’

Mr Moffitt said he was keen for more events to ramp up in the Clutha area and was looking for support.

‘‘It’ll be good to start preparing more events in the area, and volunteer support is always appreciated. We’re hoping to begin preparations for a bocce tournament this summer, very soon.’’

Inquiries: Chris Moffitt, 027 543›7096.