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Most memorable moments captured at closing ceremony for Special Olympics Canada 2018


An unfading mark lives on in the 410 athletes as the bowling championships come to a close

SUMMERSIDE, P.E.I. - The Closing ceremony for the Special Olympics 2018 Canadian Bowling Championships not only captured the unfading mark made on all the 410 athletes and everyone who helped get them there, but the special moments that will live on in the minds of all those involved for years to come.

Cory Thomas, co-chairman, said this is much more than a competition for the many athletes that came from across the country to participate.

“From what I’ve noticed it’s about the comradery, friendship and teamwork. Everyone cheers each other on and the athletes are so appreciative to be here. They are excited for each other, and happy to be playing sports with their friends,” he said, after the closing ceremony held at the Credit Union Place on Saturday evening.

“In sport, as long as you go out and try your best, then you’re a winner. It’s also about meeting new people, fair play, having fun, and that’s what I like about the Special Olympics, and that’s my belief of sport,” added Thomas.

The Bowling Championships ran from May 14-20.

Charlottetown hosted the 5-Pin bowling, while the 10-Pin was held in Tyne Valley and at the CUP in Summerside.

The Bowling Championships are Summerside athlete Paul Phillips seventh National Games. He represented P.E.I. in front of his hometown crowd for the 10-Pin.

“I feel so pumped to be here,” remarked Phillips. “I got two bronze medals in the team event and singles, and I hope to represent the Island in 10-Pin bowling at the international stage at Abu Dhabi.”

The 2019 Special Olympics World Summer Games will be held in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, from March 14-21.

Teammate Jenna Smith thought she had seen it all before after her third time in the Canadian Nationals, but she was in for a huge surprise.

"On Friday, my whole Grade 6 class from one of my schools (Ellerslie Elementary School) came to support me. I couldn't believe it, and that's when I was awarded the silver medal because they spurred me on."

Smith was awarded two bronzes, and one silver medal.

“We all feel just awesome,” added Phillips, with an infectious grin.

The two athletes thanked all those involved in the organization of the event.

Thomas concluded, “We had excellent volunteers and we could not have done this without them. We had an excellent committee and games manager (Kristen MacDonald), and also the staff at all three venues were amazing. They went above and beyond to make this a successful event.”

Highlights of the closing ceremony included special guest speaker Summerside Mayor Bill Martin, twins Ava Rashed and Lily singing the national Canadian anthem, College of Piping’s highland dancer Daniel Carr and piper James MacHattie, as well as a slideshow of the most memorable moments from the week.

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