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Tuesday 27 September 2016

Ten-pin Bowling - John Rowan

Published 17/07/2015 | 15:31

15 November 2014; John Rowan, Tenpin Bowling, Blue Dolphins Special Olympics Club. Special Olympics Ireland Squad and Portraits, Louis Fitzgerald Hotel, Dublin. Picture credit: Piaras O Midheach / SPORTSFILE *** NO REPRODUCTION FEE ***
15 November 2014; John Rowan, Tenpin Bowling, Blue Dolphins Special Olympics Club. Special Olympics Ireland Squad and Portraits, Louis Fitzgerald Hotel, Dublin. Picture credit: Piaras O Midheach / SPORTSFILE *** NO REPRODUCTION FEE ***

Ahead of the Special Olympics in LA next month, we are profiling all of our athletes taking part.

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NAME: John Rowan

AGE: 50

SPORT COMPETITION AT GAMES: Bowling

CLUB DETAILS: Blue Dolphins

QUESTIONS:

1) WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO YOU TO BE AN ATHLETE WITH SPECIAL OLYMPICS IRELAND?

It has given me more confidence in myself and I have met loads of new friends. I get to travel to lots of places.

2) WHAT ARE YOUR SPORTS AND HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN INVOLVED WITH YOUR CLUB?

I have been involved in Aquatics, Basketball, Golf, Table Tennis, Bowling for around 6 years.

3) WHAT TYPE OF TRAINING AND PREPARATION ARE YOU DOING FOR THE LOS ANGELES GAMES?

I train weekly at home.  I meet with TEAM IRELAND every month for a 1 day Training Session and 3 Residential Training weekends.

4) HOW DID YOU FEEL WHEN YOU WERE SELECTED TO REPRESENT YOUR CLUB AND COUNTRY AT THE LOS ANGELES GAMES?

I was over the moon and very proud.

5) WHAT IS YOUR BEST MEMORY ABOUT YOUR TIME WITH SPECIAL OLYMPICS?

My best memory is when I achieved SILVER in a Golf competition.

6) FINALLY, CAN YOU TELL ME A LITTLE BIT ABOUT YOURSELF (HOBBIES, PASTIMES ETC) AND YOUR FAMILY?

I work as a Welder and Woodcutter and really enjoy it. I like to play on IPad and PlayStation 3 to relax after work.  I am thrilled to be going to Los Angeles because I missed out in 2011 as I had the Shingles and was quite sick.  I had to take a year out of sports to build up my strength. After I spent 6 months in Hospital I started to get stronger again and eventually got back to playing Sport. So this trip will be brilliant.

 

 

 

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