Gold medals for Counties Special Olympians

Counties Manukau Special Olympics athletes arrived back in Auckland last weekend, after a long but exciting week participating in the National Summer Games in Wellington.
This year, 19 athletes and seven management team attended the NSG, with athletes competing in basketball, ten pin bowling, swimming and table tennis.
The Counties Bullets basketball team came away with a gold medal in their division, tying with Otago/Southland in a 28-all draw.
In ten pin bowling, the Counties team consisting of Judith Chapman, Sean Davis, Veronica Maynard, and Fiona McBurney came second in division five.
Veronica came fourth in the Bowling Singles, division two, Fiona McBurney came first in Women’s division eight, and Judith Chapman fifth in the same division. Sean Davis came fourth in Men’s division 17.
The bowlers also took part in the doubles category, with Sean and Judith coming third in division 13, and Veronica and Fiona third in division eight.
In the table tennis mixed doubles, Counties came first in division one, the first time they had ever competed in the sport.
“Everyone has done so well,” said Rowena Massey of Counties Manukau Special Olympics.
From 27 November to 1 December, more than 3000 athletes, coaches and team management attended the Games.
There were 11 sporting codes held at ten venues across the Wellington region.
The games happen every four years.
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