Orchard Mesa Lanes hosts Special Olympic bowling tournament

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT)-- Hundreds of athletes were put to the test hoping to strike it big.

Orchard Mesa Lanes hosted the annual Western Region Special Olympic bowling tournament on Sunday.

Eleven teams from across the Western Slope fought for the top four awards, with players as young as three years old.

"They are competing against other athletes that are of equal abilities so it’s really important to be the best that they can be,” said Western Region Manager for the Special Olympics Colorado Julie Fite.

They have been training for the past eight weeks before competing at today's event.

“It gives them the opportunity to actually compete against some other people other than their teammates during practice season and a lot of these guys and gals are old friends from people moving around the state,” said Fite.

Everyone received a participation award but top performers will be moving onto the state championships in November.

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