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Stettler bowled over by Special Olympics

Around 24 athletes regularly take part in the Stettler Special Olympics bowling program. (Photo submitted)

By Carson Ellis

For the Stettler Independent

Lyndsey and Jason Delwo have recently started a community program within Special Olympics Alberta.

The duo had become involved in the organization because of their son. They got involved with Camrose Special Olympics and wanted to see if they could run the same type of program after they moved to Stettler.

Lyndsey says they chose to start small with a bowling program. This would allow them to see the needs of the community and its interest in the program. They are hopeful to see the program grow over time with the addition of other sports. Delwo says they are a program within Special Olympics Alberta but hope to grow to support their own needs and become an affiliate group with their own board.

As for support, Delwo says it’s been wonderful. They have received offerings of financial support from businesses in both the town and county. She also says that the response from the community has been wonderful. The program has 24 athletes and counting.

For now, the program is open to new athletes who want to be involved at any time.

“There is a real energy surrounding a Special Olympics event,” said Delwo.

“Participants never leave in a bad mood.”

You can follow the group on Facebook under Special Olympics Stettler.