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Special Olympics bowler thrilled with national experience

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A local 10-pin bowler has come home from a national competition with a medal haul. 23 year old Zach Frost won two gold and one silver medal at the 2018 Special Olympics Canada Bowling Championships in PEI last week.

“I wasn’t really expecting I would win, but I was hoping I would pass with flying colours and I seems I did,” he said once back home in Grande Prairie.

Frost was joined at nationals by the Grande Prairie 5-pin team of Matthew Barker-Withers, Kaylee Cramer, Cole Jarvie, Paul Stranaghan, Nicole Wasylchew, and coach Cathy Withers. He says the best part of the trip was getting to know everyone, and meeting teams from across Canada. Also joining him in PEI were his parents.

“They’re really, really proud of me,” says Frost.

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This is Frost’s third year taking part in Special Olympics, and he already has three gold medals from provincial events. This was his first time in a national-level competition and he admits he was nervous heading in.

“I was kind of scared at the beginning, but I managed to calm down a bit and focus on what I was doing. As soon as a managed to get ready, I was set and I knew I was going to do something great.”

Frost could have the opportunity to qualify for the 2019 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Abu Dhabi.

Correction: A previous version of this article indicated that Frost had already qualified for the World Games. We regret the error.

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