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More than 70 attend Special Olympics bowling day


Cortney Ofstad/Daily Globe

LOCAL RESIDENTS compete during a day of bowling through the Special Olympics of Gogebic and Ontonagon counties Thursday in Ironwood.

IRONWOOD - More than 70 people participated in the annual bowling day through Special Olympics Thursday in Ironwood.

According to Barb Siira, director of the Special Olympics in Gogebic and Ontonagon counties, the group has participated in bowling day for "many, many years.

"I started in 1972 and we've been doing it since then," Siira said. "This is the most fun event for everyone. They really look forward to it."

The group also participates in other sports, including basketball, track and field, swimming, bocce ball, golf, downhill skiing, volleyball, cross country skiing and snowshoeing.

"We do something different every month, and we compete at the local, regional, state, national and international levels," Siira said.

Recently, Barney Hinch, of Ironwood, qualified for the National Special Olympics Track and Field meet. Hinch will travel to Princeton, N.J., to compete in the 400-meter and 800-meter walks and shot put.

"We will be traveling there and competing June 13-21," Siira said. "Barney is very excited."

For more information on Special Olympics in Gogebic and Ontonagon counties, contact Siira at 906-250-6054.


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