SUMMERSIDE – Talk to members of Special Olympics P.E.I.’s tenpin bowling team, and it doesn’t take long to learn that chemistry is a big key to success.
“We do good things together,” said team member Wayne Dyment of Summerside. “We like being a team, and we enjoy having fun and cheering each other on.”
Team P.E.I., also comprised of Kevin Ramsay of Tyne Valley, Paul Phillips of Summerside and Jenna Smith of Ellerslie and coached by Ann Kilby of Tyne Valley, won a bronze in Division 3 of the team competition at the Special Olympics Canada 2018 bowling championships last week.
“We are a good team,” said Ramsay, 48. “We all get along good and support one another.”
Team P.E.I. also enjoyed success in individual play as Smith earned two medals in female Division 4 – silver in singles and bronze in all-around. Phillips won a bronze in male Division 3 for singles. These accomplishments were not announced until Saturday morning’s medal presentations at Credit Union Place in Summerside.
“Everything was so relaxed and calm, I let the ball do its job,” explained Smith, 28.
When asked for his reaction to winning the medals on a national stage, Phillips responded, “I feel excited.”
P.E.I. tenpin scores at Special Olympics Canada 2018 bowling championships:
Wednesday, May 16
Jenna Smith 101-107-131—339
Kevin Ramsay 95-88-136—319
Paul Phillips 83-95-89—267
Wayne Dyment 82-89-91—262
Thursday, May 17
Division 2 Doubles
Wayne Dyment 85-104-93—282
Kevin Ramsay 105-97-100—302
Paul Phillips 82-64-98—244
Jenna Smith 93-126-150—369
Friday, May 18
Division 4 Female
Jenna Smith 123-112-155—390
Division 2 Male
Kevin Ramsay 97-99-80—76
Division 3 Male
Paul Phillips 110-107-99—316
Division 4 Male
Wayne Dyment 81-95-99—275
Bowling at home
All four P.E.I. members admit it was extra special to have the opportunity to wear Team P.E.I.’s colours at home.
“It was very nice,” said Dyment.
For Phillips, this marked his first time competing in the Special Olympics national bowling championships on P.E.I.
“This is my seventh year at nationals for bowling, and it feels great to have had the hometown advantage,” added Phillips, 43. “You have to really focus on your bowling. The (important) thing is you have to follow through with your throwing arm.”
Smith described it as an “emotional week,” going on to say: “It’s been great. If it wasn’t for my grandparents (Olive and Irwin Dennis) I wouldn’t have been bowling. They are not here anymore, but I know they have been around.”
Ramsay was thrilled to be able to perform in front of family and friends.
“We have great family support,” added Ramsay.