Melanie McMaster, seen here being congratulated by Oceanside Coordinator Jacquie Cameron after her medal performance at the provincials in Kamloops last year. She was selected to Team BC that recently competed at the Special Olympics Canadian Bowling Championships. — Photo Submitted

McMaster competes in bowling with Team BC

Melanie McMaster is a special athlete who has made Parksville Qualicum Beach proud.

She recently represented the province as one of the 71 members of Special Olympics Team BC that travelled cross country to compete in the 2018 Special Olympics Canada Bowling Championships in Prince Edward Island recently.

Team BC competed against Special Olympics athletes from across Canada, showing their skills in 5- and 10-pin bowling. Mcmaster competed in the 5-pin bowling.

The bowling contingent of Team BC is made up of 56 athletes with intellectual disabilities, 12 coaches, and three mission staff members, representing 23 communities across British Columbia. The members qualified for the provincial squad through their performances at the 2017 Special Olympics BC Summer Games in Kamloops.

Approximately 410 athletes, coaches, and support staff came together in P.E.I. for the National Bowling Championships. At the event, 10-pin bowlers competed for the opportunity to represent Canada at the 2019 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Abu Dhabi.

The National Bowling Championships marked a big change for 5-pin bowling, as the sport will now move into the Special Olympics Canada Winter Games cycle.

Team BC 2018 members will also represent their province at the 2018 Special Olympics Canada Summer Games in Antigonish, Nova Scotia. This competition will run from July 31 to August 4 and will feature athletics, basketball, bocce, golf, powerlifting, rhythmic gymnastics, soccer, softball, and swimming.

— NEWS Staff

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