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Special Olympics bowling tournament attracks big crowd

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Bowlers from across Southwest Virginia crowded Interstate Bowl in Bristol, Virginia on Saturday for the annual Special Olympics competition.

80 bowlers participated, ranging in ages from ten to sixty-years-old!

They were divided up based on their age and skill level to throw strikes and spares down the lanes.

Organizers say around ten of the bowlers will move on to state games in June.

"The athletes enjoy the comradery and competition. They know that someone is going to be qualifying for state games," said coordinator Nancy Brown.

News 5's Chief Meteorologist Dave Dierks and PJ Johnson attended the tournament. They cheered on the athletes.

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