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All-around athlete rewarded by Airdrie Special Olympics

By: Lucas Punkari

  |  Posted: Thursday, Mar 06, 2014 11:13 am

Airdrie Special Olympics athlete of the month Tore Thorn prepared to shoot the ball down the alley during a bowling game at Shamrock Lanes on March 3.
Airdrie Special Olympics athlete of the month Tore Thorn prepared to shoot the ball down the alley during a bowling game at Shamrock Lanes on March 3.
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If there is a Special Olympics event taking place here during the course of the year, you can probably find Airdrie’s Tore Thorn at it.

The 55 year old, who takes part in bowling and snowshoeing in the winter and softball and bocce ball during the summer, has been recognized for his efforts by being named the Special Olympics Airdrie athlete of the month for March.

“I really like going to the competitions a lot, and keeping myself active,” Thorn said. “I also enjoy meeting new people, which is always nice.”

“He always keeps busy and he is always enthused about trying new things,” Special Olympics Airdrie board member Marlene Madill added. “For example, we have a new track and field program that we plan to get going here in the spring, and Tore was one of the first people to sign up for that.”

Thorn, who moved to Airdrie eight years ago from Prince George, B.C., is most experienced in bowling, a sport he has been playing for the last 20 years.

“I guess I have a lot of experience, and getting strikes is always nice,” Thorn said with a laugh. “Every time I bowl though, I find myself getting better and better.”

“Plus, I get to make new friends every time I play,” he added.

Thorn also spent some time this winter in the new snowshoeing club with Special Olympics Airdrie, which was a challenge that he enjoyed taking on.

“I really loved it, and I want to do it again next year,” he said.

“There were obviously times when I was cold, but it really felt the same as any activity.”

When the summer comes around, Thorn gets straight into softball mode, as he can’t wait to get out on the diamond once the snow melts.

“I really love being a catcher more than anything,” he said.

“You have to work your mitt in before you start playing, and that always gets me excited.”

Although he is already keeping himself busy, Thorn says he would like to see more people come and take part in Special Olympics Airdrie, especially so that he can help them in certain sports.

“I would tell anyone who is interested to come out and try it, he said. “There are a lot of sports that we play here, and you can have a chance to see if you like it.”

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