P.E.I. mem­bers en­joy­ing op­por­tu­nity to com­pete at home

Dy­ment, Ram­say dis­cuss par­tic­i­pa­tion in Spe­cial Olympics 2018 cham­pi­onships

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - SPORTS - BY JA­SON SIM­MONDS Ja­son.sim­monds@jour­nalpioneer.com Twit­ter.com/Jp­sport­sJaso https://www.face­book.com/ ja­son.sim­monds.180

It’s a spe­cial week for all Team P.E.I. mem­bers at the Spe­cial Olympics Canada 2018 bowl­ing cham­pi­onships.

They not only have the op­por­tu­nity to com­pete for na­tional cham­pi­onships, but get to ex­pe­ri­ence it on home soil.

“I have en­joyed it,” said Kevin Ram­say, 48. “I’m proud of how we have done.”

Ram­say, who is from Tyne Val­ley, is a mem­ber of Team P.E.I.’s ten­pin team that is com­pet­ing at Credit Union Place in Sum­mer­side and the Tyne Val­ley lanes.

Ram­say opened the team com­pe­ti­tion on Wed­nes­day with a three-game to­tal of a very re­spectable 319 af­ter scores of 95, 88 and 136 in the team com­pe­ti­tion. P.E.I.’s fivepin team is com­pet­ing at Mur­phy’s Com­mu­nity Cen­tre in Char­lot­te­town.

“I had fun, and had lots of strikes,” said Ram­say, who added he was es­pe­cially proud of his 136 score.

Wayne Dy­ment of Sum­mer­side is a team­mate of Ram­say, Paul Phillips of Sum­mer­side and Jenna Smith of Eller­slie on P.E.I.’s ten­pin team.

“It’s a very good ex­pe­ri­ence,” Dy­ment told the Jour­nal Pi­o­neer in an in­ter­view on Wed­nes­day night. “We did very well. We had three awe­some scores.”

Dy­ment, 43, regis­tered a 262 to­tal af­ter games of 82, 89 and 91.

Although the event is only three days old, there have been no short­ages of high­lights for Ram­say and Dy­ment.

“It’s great to meet other peo­ple, and it’s great to see other peo­ple,” said Dy­ment in ex­plain­ing he loves meet­ing ath­letes from all across Canada. “I’m happy that they are here, and they like it here.”

For Ram­say, one mo­ment that sticks out was Tues­day’s open­ing cer­e­mony at UPEI.

“I liked the en­ter­tain­ment and mu­sic,” said Ram­say. “Len­nie Gal­lant was my favourite.”

Wed­nes­day’s open­ing day of com­pe­ti­tion at­tracted a full house at the Credit Union Place’s lanes. That sup­port did not go un­no­ticed by Ram­say and Dy­ment.

“It’s great to have the peo­ple here cheer­ing you on,” added Dy­ment.

With the team com­pe­ti­tion con­cluded, Ram­say and Dy­ment teamed up in dou­bles on Thurs­day af­ter­noon. Smith and Phillips also formed a team while all four mem­bers of Team P.E.I. will com­pete in in­di­vid­ual play on Fri­day.

The event will con­clude at Credit Union Place on Satur­day. The ten­pin medal cer­e­monies are sched­uled for 9 a.m., with the clos­ing cer­e­monies set to go at 7 p.m.

JA­SON SIM­MONDS/JOUR­NAL PI­O­NEER

Wayne Dy­ment of Team P.E.I.’s ten­pin team fo­cuses on his tar­get dur­ing the Spe­cial Olympics Canada 2018 bowl­ing cham­pi­onships at Credit Union Place in Sum­mer­side. Dy­ment is from Sum­mer­side.

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