Amanda Smith on Special Olympics bowling team


NEW GLASGOW — A special time for Special Olympics is fast approaching.

Amanda Smith is a Pictou County athlete who will be competing at the Special Olympics Canada 2018 Bowling Championships that will take place on P.E.I. on May 14 to 19, in Charlottetown, Summerside and Tyne Valley.

The championships are part of the Special Olympics Canada Summer Games being hosted this year by Antigonish, but P.E.I. is hosting the five-pin and 10-pin bowling events and will welcome more than 400 athletes, coaches and support staff from across Canada.

The five-pin competition that Smith is part of will be at the Murphy’s Community Centre in Charlottetown.

“She’s really excited,” said Cristie Beck, who is an assistant coach and part of the Pictou County contingent at the bowling event. “It’s her first National Games. I’m really excited about going, too.”

It has been an adjustment for Smith to prepare for the competition.

Beck was head coach for athletes who competed at the 2014 bowling event in Vancouver.

Only candlepin bowling is available in Pictou County, so Smith has been practising at the five-pin facility at the Royal Canadian Navy base at Stadacona in Halifax.

“We practise each Sunday,” Beck said.

Bowling is considered one of the most popular sports in Special Olympics.

Pictou County will be well represented in two sports in connection with the 2018 Special Olympics Canada Summer Games. Front row, from left: assistant bowling coach Cristie Beck, bowler Amanda Smith and Nova Scotia Chef de Mission Cathy Mason. Back row: swimming associate coach Aaron Smith and swimmer Evan Sharpe.(Goodwin photo)