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Prince George bowler strikes gold at Special Olympics World Summer Games

Linda Mary Renner has two medals with one event to go in Abu Dhabi
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Linda Mary Renner is a bowler with the Prince George branch of Special Olympics BC (via Facebook/Special Olympics BC)

Hard work has paid off for a Prince George athlete in representing her country on the international stage.

Linda Mary Renner has picked up two medals in three bowling events for Canada at the 2019 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Abu Dhabi, including a gold medal in Women’s Singles.

The 56-year-old posted a game of 364 points, beating out Finland’s Marika Kukkohovi in a close contest by four points.

She was the oldest bowler in her Sunday round (March 17), alongside Carine Bourgonjon of Belgium at age 56, and is the only Prince George athlete on Canada’s roster.

A day earlier (March 16) in the team matches, Renner and Canada settled for a silver medal after being spared out of the top of the podium by a single point.

The Belgians gutterballed the Canadians by one point in their round, 1,301 to 1,300.

Renner’s teammates included Mark Mengersen (Alberta), Manon Cliche (Quebec), and Barry Green (Ontario).

She will compete in one more event before the end of the World Summer Games, teaming up with Green in Doubles Bowling tomorrow (March 19).

They’ll be lined up against Aruba, Belgium, Czech Republic, Netherlands, Poland, Puerto Rico, and Syria.




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About the Author: Kyle Balzer

Kyle Balzer graduated with distinction from BCIT's Broadcast & Online Journalism program in 2016. Since moving to Prince George, he has covered a variety of stories from education & Indigenous relations, to community interests & sports.
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