Lowery among entrants in Special Olympics bowling tournament

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MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Gold Cup Lanes on Pio Nono Avenue will be packed Saturday for the Special Olympics Area 7 Bowling Competition.

The annual event is a big deal to competitors like Chris Lowery, who bowls every Thursday.

“I just like to come up here,” he says. “Enjoy being around my friends.”

The 44-year-old from Macon has been bowling for 25 years.

“He enjoys coming over here and doing the bowling,” says Pat Lowery, Chris’ mother. It’s one of his favorite sports.”

You won’t see bowling at the Olympic Games, but it’s one of the premiere events for the Special Olympics. It combines physical exercise with social interaction.

“A lot of people,” Chris says. “They cheer me on every day.”

They’ve been doing that a lot lately. Turns out, Chris is pretty good. He’s got the hardware to prove it.

“This one (pointing to medal) is from last year,” Chris says. “I went to state, and this one is from Area 7 right up here at Gold Cup in Macon.”

It’s not the most physical sport, but there is a risk of injury. Two years ago, Chris broke his left wrist while bowling.

“It was rough,” Chris says. “It was bad. I had to wear a cast on my left arm. I had to–it was bad, but by the grace of God, I’m bowling good this year.”

That’s right–not even a broken wrist can keep Chris from the game, and the people, he loves most.

“I plan on bowling until I die,” Chris says.

The Area 7 competition starts Saturday at 1 p.m. at Gold Cup Lanes on Pio Nono Avenue in Macon.

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