THUNDER BAY – SPORTS – Local Special Olympians, Craig Jean and Marco Pauselli have returned home after representing Special Olympics Thunder Bay at the national summer games held in Vancouver, BC. Pauselli competed in the 5-pin bowling division (placing fourth overall) and Jean in the 10-pin bowling division. Jean walked away with two silver medals, one for a personal best and one for placing second in the overall top scores.
“I had never gone to a national competition before,” said Jean. “It was fun to meet new people and great to win these medals!”
Cheered on by his brother and sister at the games, Jean’s mother, Margaret, couldn’t wait to celebrate his victory with him upon his return to Thunder Bay. “I’m very proud of him,” she said.
Jean and Pauselli had the unique opportunity to be billeted in the Olympic Athletes Village while competing at the Special Olympics Canada Summer Games this July. The competition welcomed more than 2,000 athletes, coaches and officials.
“We were thrilled for both Craig and Marco when they qualified to compete at the national games,” said Ashleigh Quarrell, Public Relations/Marketing Coordinator for Special Olympics Thunder Bay. “They both worked very hard to earn their spots at the competition and we are proud of both of them for all that they’ve accomplished.”