Bowling from the National Veterans Wheelchair Games
In the September 2009 Program Spotlight, we highlighted the 29th Annual National Veterans Wheelchair Games that took place in Spokane, Washington, this past summer. This month (November) we continue sharing exciting sport footage with video and interviews from the bowling competition.
Interviews with Bowling athletes Enrique Lopez and Philip Kearney are printed below as well as appear in the following video clip.
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My name is Enrique Lopez and I'm from Miami Florida. The bowling is regular singles tournament and we basically bowl three games and average out the taker of the tournament pays for the total of the three games and the overall winners win a gold, silver and bronze. I've been bowling since I was 12 and I haven't really bowled since I got injured which is actually 11 years ago today. Believe it or not, and just started bowling from a chair about 2 years ago. so I'm actually relearning everything. I practice a little bit but when you have kids, unfortunately, especially through the summer it doesn't work. Basically I love it, especially the traveling. You get to see the country, you get to see other states, meet new people, meet old friends. So it's a blast, you know, and even though it's very competitive, but it's also fun. You actually cheer on your own opponent which is not really seen in other tournaments.
I'm Philip Kearney and I'm from Dayton, Ohio. We just bowl three games and whoever gets the highest in the category that we're in, the disability category, the highest 3 get medals. We practice our field events in the javelin and shot put and that. Bowling, nah. It's a one time thing for me, once a year. This keeps me going. I come to these events cause I like meeting the other guys and talking to them and stuff like that; watching the other veterans do their thing. And it keeps me going, what else do you say really other than that. I have fun at them all the time, especially when I flip. But its fun and it keeps all of use really going. Keeps us alive.