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TEAM YUKON – The Yukon’s five Special Olympic bowlers returned home this week from the national championship with a silver in the five-pin team event and three individual medals. From left to right, Wayne Thomas, mission staff Lorrie Thomas, Hayley Halushka, Lisa Bachli, coach Krista McKinnon, Mallory Pigage and Garry Chaplin. Photo compliments SPECIAL OLYMPICS CANADA

Special Olympians return from P.E.I with plenty of hardware

For Yukon bowlers attending the last week’s Special Olympics Canada Bowling Championships, it was a fruitful trip to the East Coast.

By Chuck Tobin on May 24, 2018

For Yukon bowlers attending the last week’s Special Olympics Canada Bowling Championships, it was a fruitful trip to the East Coast.

In the five-pin team event, the five Yukoners finished with a silver in their division made up of seven teams from across the country.

Of the five, three also came home from Charlottetown with individual medals based on their seven individual scores in the preliminary round of the team event.

Executive director Serge Michaud of Special Olympics Yukon said over 400 bowlers attended the championships. Normally they’re held as part of the Special Olympic Canada Summer Games which are being hosted by Antigonish, N.S. from July 31 to Aug. 5, Michaud explained.

He said because Antigonish doesn’t have the necessary infrastructure to host the bowling event, it was decided to hold a separate championship and Prince Edward Island stepped up and offered to host.

In the preliminary round of the team event last week, Garry Chaplin, Mallory Pigage, Wayne Thomas, Lisa Bachli and Hayley Halushka finished in second. In the playoff round on the weekend, they beat third-place Manitoba to move on to the gold-medal match at against Saskatchewan but could not get by the prairie province.

Michaud said individual scores were compiled during the preliminary round and as a result Pigage and Chaplin won gold medals for their individual efforts and Thomas won a silver.

To help raise money to cover the cost of last week’s trip to Charlottetown and the upcoming trip to Antigonish, Special Olympics Yukon is daring the curious.

For two nights – June 6,7 at Christ the King Elementary – the organization is presenting Abraca Dazzle, a magic show starring Canadian magician John Kaplan and his renowned family-friendly magic show.

Special Olympics Yukon will be sending a contingent of 31 to Antigonish, including 20 athletes and 11 coaches and mission staff. They’ll be competing in bocce, athletics, swimming, soccer and rhythmic gymnastics.

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