Special Olympians roll into summer

Greater Trail Bocce athletes go for gold next month.

Spring is in the air, the leaves are out and flowers are starting to bloom. Summer is on the way with means one thing – bocce time.

In the Gulch, at the bottom of West Trail, the Trail and area Special athletes are practicing hard to improve their bocce skills.

Meeting every Monday night at the Bocce Facility, they practice strategy, aim and good sportsmanship.

The athletes, who range in age from pre-teen to sixty-three, are aiming high and hoping for gold at the Special Olympics Regional Qualifier in June.

The 14 athletes will be joining teams from around the Kootenays at Selkirk College on June 16.

Spirits are high as the weather heats up and so does the competition.

The athletes would like to extend an invitation to everyone to come out in June and watch some exciting, inspiring and good-natured competition.

The local chapter of the Special Olympics has enabled athletes with disabilities to participate in sports such as swimming, bocce, bowling and skiing.