Bowler named Special Olympics athlete of the month
With a passion for bowling that is easy to see, Airdrie native Leslie Mcgillivry was named as the Special Olympic Airdrie athlete of the month for October.
“I’m really excited about it,” Mcgillivry said.
“I love to bowl as much as I can, and I’m always practicing at the game just so I can get better.”
“I was named as the most improved bowler here last year, and this feels just as great,” he added.
While he watches the game as much as he can on television, it’s Mcgillivry’s skills on the five-pin alley at Shamrock Lanes in Airdrie that his coach Sandra Foreman has noticed, especially over the last year.
“He has a great passion for the game, and it’s also important for him to work on his game and improve on it,” Foreman said.
“What he has worked on the most is having a bit more control over his ball when he shoots, and we have seen an improvement on that.”
“When it comes to coaching these athletes, sometimes the athletes take the advice or they do their own thing with it, and Leslie is someone who takes the advice and becomes a better athlete as a result,” she added.
Though the Special Olympians in Airdrie only bowl from September until the end of April, there are a variety of other athletic activates that they can take part in.
“We have bocce, softball, and soccer during the summer, and during the winter months we also have swimming and floor hockey,” Special Olympics Airdrie Media Relations Coordinator Sue Farkas-Fillatre said.
“We also have a snowshoeing program that we just started up at Fletcher Park this month, but that will get more into high gear once the snow starts to fall.”
For more information on Special Olympics Airdrie, visit www.specialolympics.ab.ca