Thomas scoops GB medals
TEN-PIN BOWLING: Hilary Thomas was part of the Great Britain ten-pin bowling team that sent their competition into a spin after winning seven golds and a silver at the Special Olympics in Germany last week.
Banstead-resident Thomas, 45, was part of a four-person mixed team that performed exceptionally well during the competition, drawing praise from spectators as the team advanced to the final round. Though the competition was fierce, the GB team emerged victorious with gold in the Overall Team, Men's Doubles and Ladies Singles category and a silver in the Men's Singles classification.
Alan Howe, head coach for England & Special Olympics Surrey commented: "The Special Olympics Great Britain squad really came together and performed as a cohesive team. The athletes battled mental and physical exhaustion throughout the long event, but thanks to the support and encouragement from their fellow teammates, the bowlers were able to emerge on top. It was my personal pleasure to see something magical happen in Munich and I am so pleased."
Special Olympics GB offers every day, grassroots sports training and competition programmes in 26 sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities (someone with an IQ of 75 or lower). Special Olympics Surrey, which organised the athletes for the event, has one of the largest squads of ten-pin bowlers in the country, and the only group that runs a BTBA league for people with learning disabilities.
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