Bring on the bocce

Spe­cial Olympics tour­ney held in Lab West.

The Aurora (Labrador City) - - Front Page - BY MIKE POWER

Group mem­bers of the Happy Val­ley Goose Bay Spe­cial Olympics team and their sup­port­ers trav­elled to Labrador west re­cently to take part in a friendly bocce tour­na­ment.

Spe­cial Olympic ac­tiv­i­ties have been grow­ing in pop­u­lar­ity and sup­port in both com­mu­ni­ties over the past while.

The tour­na­ment was held at the AP Low School in Labrador City. Games were played through­out the day with each team — three from Happy Val­ley-Goose Bay, and three from Labrador West — play­ing three games.

Par­ent Rhonda Lawrence was there with her son, a mem­ber of the Labrador West bocce team.

“It’s a good op­por­tu­nity for in­ter­ac­tion,” she said. “Lawrence helps with some of the Spe­cial Olympic events, and will travel to St. John’s soon for a coach­ing clinic.”

Next year is a Labrador Win­ter Games year, and she says Spe­cial Olympic mem­bers will be part of the games. She points to her son who, skis, snow­shoes and bowls and in­clu­sion in an event like the Labrador Win­ter Games is im­por­tant for Spe­cial Olympics mem­bers.

To round off the per­fect day, a ban­quet was held af­ter the tour­na­ment, fol­lowed by a fun-filled Hal­loween party.

ALL PHO­TOS BY MIKE POWER — SPE­CIAL TO THE AURORA

Happy Val­ley-Goose Bay Howl­ing Huskies and sup­port­ers.

Labrador West Big Lan­ders and sup­port­ers.

A Labrador west team mem­ber de­ter­mined to win.

PHOTO SUB­MIT­TED

Some of the Hal­loween fun af­ter the bocce tour­na­ment.

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