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Brunswick County bowlers won three gold medals and a silver medal in the Special Olympics North Carolina Bowling Tournament Dec. 4.
The event for the eastern part of the state took place in Durham, the central part of the state in Greensboro and the western part of the state in Newton.
In Durham, nearly 300 Special Olympics North Carolina athletes competed and many coaches and volunteers supported the event, according to Keith L. Fishburne, Special Olympics North Carolina president/CEO.
To ensure fair competition, athletes were placed in competition divisions based on age, gender and ability level. Gold, silver and bronze medals were awarded to the top three finishers in each division. Ribbons were presented for fourth through eighth place.
Selina Smith won a gold medal in singles.
The Brunswick Bangers won a gold medal. Team members were Miles Butler, Derick Ferrell, John Singleton, Dion Smith and Kelvin Williams.
The Brunswick Strikers won a gold medal. Team members were Joseph Allen, Cecil Benton, Richard Cummings, Derrick Green and Paul Speckhart.
The Brunswick Babes won a silver medal. Team members were Beverly Criswell, Stephanie L. Neely, Barbara Simmons, Rebecca Simmons and Rachael Teeples.
Brunswick M&M won a fourth-place ribbon. Team members were Maurice Edge and Michael Mintz. The Brunswick Wild Ones won a fourth-place ribbon. Team members were Henry Harris and Harvie Hooper.
Special Olympics North Carolina offers year-round sports training and competition for more than 38,000 children and adults with intellectual disabilities. SONC offers Olympic-type competition in 19 sports on local and state levels.